The City of Paramount has ten parks, two public swimming pools, and a number of other recreational sites available for use by residents and community groups. Parks feature safe, state-of-the-art playground equipment. Facilities such as the Paramount Gym, the Community Center, Progress Park Plaza, and the Village Skate Park are well-maintained and well-equipped resources offering a variety of uses. Call (562) 220-2121 for more information.
The City offers a variety of programs, classes and special events for residents of all ages.
Gang Resistance Is Paramount or GRIP is a successful, nationally recognized anti-gang program that steers children away from gang membership through classroom lessons, counseling and parental training. GRIP counselors present gang resistance lessons to elementary and ninth-grade students attending school in Paramount. Workshops and counseling sessions for parents and youngsters are also conducted throughout the community. More than 65,000 Paramount kids have gone through the program, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. For more information, contact the Community Services and Recreation Department, 15300 Downey Ave., (562) 220-2121.
Hundreds of Paramount students are taking part in the Success Through Academics and Recreation (STAR) after-school program. STAR is a collaboration between the City (which provides staff) and the Paramount Unified School District (which provides the space).
This stimulating program, which uses a proven curriculum based on lessons learned in other cities and school districts over the last decade, provides students in grades K through eight with an academically rich environment through homework help and literacy enhancement. The program also promotes healthy living with physical activities. It operates every day of the week on each PUSD K-8 campus from the final bell of the school day until 6:00 p.m. (Kindergarten is only offered at Gaines Elementary.) Capacity per campus is an average of 120 students. The program is funded through an ASES (After School Education and Safety) state grant.
STAR is another example of the great relationship and sense of teamwork that exists between the City and the School District.
The City of Paramount offers a number of services for our seniors including classes, activities, transportation, excursions and a nutrition program. The Paramount Senior Center is located at the Community Center at Paramount Park, 14400 Paramount Boulevard. It is open to anyone 55 years of age or older, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please call (562) 220-2090. Click here to read the latest edition of "Senior News."
The City puts on many special events each year that attract and entertain residents of all ages. Click on the links below to see pictures of these fun events.