Since 2008, Summer Night Lights has addressed gang violence and community building by opening 32 parks to evening programming across the City. Supported almost equally by both public resources and private dollars, Summer Night Lights organized programming ranges from the arts to athletics, community learning, and social gatherings. Summer Night Lights has grown to impact thousands of families.
In 2014, the Fund raised almost $2 million to support Summer Night Lights, guaranteeing the program’s continued operation. It also allowed for a pilot extension of the program for an additional four weeks . In 2015, eight parks piloted the Friday Night Lights program, along with ongoing programming in all 32 targeted parks, with support from the Fund and generous donors, continuing successful community activities past summertime and through the end of the year.