Local Parks to Visit This Fall

After the sweltering heat of summer, the cooler temperature of autumn is welcomed like a long lost friend. Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors. Despite California’s drought-induced foliage, the fall still brings beautiful fall colors—especially to our parks. This fall, we encourage you to take your workout outdoors, go on a nature trip with your kids, or have a picnic with your loved ones. Spending time in nature is not only a fun activity, but can also promote good health and an improved mental state. Experience the splendor of the great outdoors at the local parks listed below!

City of South El Monte Parks & Recreation

The City of South El Monte has a variety of parks and recreation facilities for the local community. The recreation area has two major parks: the Mary Van Dyke Park and the New Temple Park. While the Mary Van Dyke Park offers picnic areas, jogging trails, and playgrounds, New Temple Park is more of a sports facility with basketball courts, baseball fields, and football fields. The City of South El Monte has also opened a skate park near their Community Center. Senior citizens can even enjoy the outdoors this fall with weekly excursions provided by the Senior Center. These parks also provides facilities that you can rent for events and other functions.

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

The Santa Fe Recreation Area is a county park located in Irwindale. The park is housed inside the Santa Fe Dam, which is a popular tourist attraction because of the amazing views of the San Gabriel Mountains. The park has a bicycle trail for bike enthusiasts, easy hiking and dog trails, as well as a 70-acre lake for fishing and boating. It also has adult fitness zones, two large playgrounds, and sizeable picnic areas that can be rented for events and other activities. The facility even has its own Nature Center, with programs including nature and bird walks, cultural history, and other special presentations. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area is open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm and has an all-day parking fee of $10.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

This is one of LA’s largest recreation areas located in South El Monte near the Pomona Freeway. Aside from the usual playgrounds, picnic areas, and trails, the recreation area also houses three lakes namely the North Lake, Center Lake, and Legg Lake for boating and fishing.

Other unique facilities in Whittier Narrow Recreation Area include:

  • Archery, skeet, pistol and trap ranges
  • Equestrian facility
  • Disc golf course
  • Dog sports field
  • Multipurpose athletic complex
  • Nature Center
  • Soccer, softball, and baseball fields
  • Volleyball and tennis courts

The American Military Museum is also located in the recreation area, showcasing a vast collection of military vehicles and equipment. Special events held at the park include carnivals, festivals, and dog shows.

Research shows that spending time with nature increases our vitamin D levels and improves our mental state. Take advantage of these health benefits this fall season. Let’s spend more time in the great outdoors to become healthier and happier!

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