Just Another Day In SouthLA
Looking for some free fun in the sun this summer, check out the newly revamped Alondra Park in El Camino Village down in the South Bay. Alondra Park basically is a completely new facility, including a 25 x 25 meter pool, a 6,000-square-foot pool house and recreation building, and a 3,000 – square-foot water “splash pad” area
The park recently hosted a day of fishing offered Freedom School scholars ages 5 to 14, from the Carson and Lynwood sites. The event, called Fishing in the City, was co-sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Los Angeles County. It is an annual event that began nearly 20 years ago and has brought the pastime to thousands of children who might never have the opportunity to camp in the mountains near a secluded lake. On a bright and sunny day in July, the lake at Alondra Park was fully stocked with catfish, thanks to a donation from the L.A. County Fish and Game Commission.
In groups of 20, the young scholars simultaneously went to each of the five informational stations hosted by a Fish and Game representative set- up around the park. At the stations, scholars learned how to bait a hook, the ethics of fishing, the proper way to handle a fish and how to insert the fishing line into the lake. After visiting the fifth station, the kids were given a fishing rod to borrow, bait in mouthwash size cups and directed to their spot around the lake to take aim to nab a fish. It was a learning experience for the kids and adults alike.