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Community Wellness and Public Safety

Since 2017, the GPCC has worked with the Communities Partnering 4 Peace coalitions in East and West Garfield Park to offer "Light in the Night" violence prevention community events. Light in the Night events are sponsored by Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), a citywide initiative convened by Metropolitan Family Services and working in specific neighborhoods to reduce violence and build community cohesion around safe public space while also giving productive alternatives and access to services for all residents. Street-level violence intervention workers and case managers are also available at these events to connect with the potential perpetrators and victims of violent crimes and to provide supportive services. Safe spaces provide free food and activities during events. Light in the Night events take place in the evenings during the summer months, typically from 6 - 10 pm. Additional indoor activities occur throughout the year. Past indoor events include Roller Skating parties for children at Park District fieldhouses and Holiday Carnival events.

All Communities Partnering 4 Peace Events are listed on our calendar.

View a slideshow of Light in the Night events, held at parks in West Garfield Park during the summer of 2019: