This 84-acre park has served the Cerritos community along 195th Street and Bloomfield for over 43 years.
Don Knabe Community Regional Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Los Angeles County, with stunning sculptures, two large fishing lakes, rolling green hills, and large trees. This is the place to be if you’re seeking for something to do! Come swim, exercise, fish, play sports, socialize with your family, and bring the kids to enjoy the playground. Keep an eye out for popular community events like the yearly Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Carnival.
On November 30, 2016, the park was renamed in honor of Don Knabe.
Donald R. Knabe (born October 15, 1943 in Illinois) was a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member representing the Fourth District. The lengthy east-west district stretches from Marina del Rey and LAX to the southeastern San Gabriel Valley, passing via the South Bay, the Los Angeles Harbor Region, and the Gateway Cities.
Deane Dana, the former Supervisor of the 4th District, announced his retirement in December 1996, after serving 16 years in office. Don Knabe, Dana’s chief deputy since 1982, ran to fill the seat that had been vacated. He raised more than $2.6 million during the campaign, with Dana’s campaign committee spending more than $152,000 on Knabe’s behalf. Special interest groups contributed the vast majority of campaign funds. He received 40% of the vote in the nonpartisan primary. He defeated former Rolling Hills Mayor Gordana Swanson in the main election, who had run against Dana in 1992.
Knabe, a moderate Republican, enacted a safe-haven law or baby hatch in 2002, allowing mothers to leave their newborn at a fire station, lifeguard headquarters, or hospital within 72 hours after birth. Following many high-profile incidences of child abandonment and infanticide, the program was established. The program was immediately rolled out across the state. As of August 31, 2011, 87 newborns had been safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.
Don Knabe Park Outer Loop
This is a well-kept city park containing baseball and softball fields, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, walking/jogging routes, and a duck pond with fountains. The real perimeter path is about 1 1/2 miles long.
Accessibility: At the west end of the route, there are two designated accessible parking spaces in the paved parking lot off Bloomfield Avenue. Both are van-accessible and have striped access aisles. The trail is concrete-paved and smooth. It is usually at least eight feet broad.
The entire trail is estimated to have a flat (1% or less) slope. Most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or stroller users will be able to navigate this course. Resting areas along the route include benches and picnic tables.
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