Police, Community Teams Kick Off "Parks After Dark" Summer Programs

Police defeat community team 17-10, in friendly effort at Robinson Park

Published : Friday, July 6, 2018 | 5:00 AM

The City of Pasadena Thursday kicked off its sixth annual “Parks After Dark” series of summertime community activities with two softball games at Robinson Park, pitting a Pasadena Police team against a “community” team of leaders and activists, as well as a team from Los Angeles County against a Pasadena City employee team.

At the time of this writing, the Pasadena Police team was defeating the community team, 17-10, in six innings. The long ball was the order of the day as the police team sent several pitches off into home run land at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street, or south across the field to a far-off soccer goal net.

The team included active officers as well as city employees, including City Manager Steve Mermell, who drove in a run with a long fly ball, managing to get his name in the news even on a week when the City Council was not meeting.

Pasadena Police Officer Eddie Guerrero drove in several runs and added an inside-the-park home run for good measure.

The City Human Services and Recreation Department also provided hot dogs and chips to the scores of hungry baseball fans and park visitors.

The summer “Parks after Dark” series will run through August 18, and will feature activities at several Pasadena parks—Robinson Park, 1081 North Fair Oaks Avenue; Villa Park, 363 E. Villa Park; Washington School Gym, 1520 North Raymond Avenue; Washington Park, 700 East Washington Boulevard; Central Park, 275 South Raymond Avenue; and Victory Park, 2575 Paloma Street.

Thursdays will feature art activities at Villa-Parke, Basketball at the Washingon School Gym, and swimming at the Villa-Parke Pool.

Fridays feature Zumba and indoor soccer, at the Washington School gym, recreational swimming at Victory Park, and an ice cream social at Villa-Parke.

Adult soccer is featured from 5-11 p.m. at Villa-Parke on Saturdays, along with an Aztec Dance celebration on Saturday, July 28.

A “Movies in the Park” series begins with “Despicable Me 2,” Thursday, July 12, at Villa-Parke, and “Princess and the Frog,” Friday, July 13, at Victory Park.

The summer concert series begins on Saturday, July 7 with “Jazz it Up” at 5:30 at Washington Park; “80s Vibes” on July 21, at Central Park, and “Latin Fiesta” August 11 at Villa-Parke.

More information about “Parks After Dark” is available at ww5.cityof pasadena.net/humanservices and (626) 744-6530.

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