1972 - Warren Dorn announced the dedication of Apollo Park, east of Fox Airport on 56 acres, which is the result of the AV Water Reclamation project of 1959. This is the first of its kind in the nation. On Dec. 31, 1971, the LA County Board of Supervisors made a request for a 5 year loan of the "Apollo 11 Command Module True-Size Replica" from the Smithsonian Institute for display at the Apollo County Park. This request was granted in 1973, and upon completion of a suitable structure to house it, the module was transported from the Downey, California, North-American Rockwell Plant, where it was stored. When Apollo Park was first constructed, it used to have 2 overnight camp spots in the center of the park between the lakes. Overnight camping is no longer allowed. The amphitheater still remains, with a lawn slope seating area instead of benches. Non-body contact water recreation was part of the park in the beginning years, with a 5-person capacity ferry raft ride to the islands (Tom Sawyer type raft with ropes to pull). The raft was float-mounted and therefore adjusted automatically to an increase or decrease of lake level. Non-motor boats were also allowed - max. of 70 - and the cement docks still remain. No boating is currently allowed. The 3 playgrounds have been recently remodelled and updated. Fishing is still allowed.
fishing is sometimes good but they don't put alot in, second was out there last weekend they even took out capsule it was named after thats was terrible, third people still fish illegally during trout season even catfish i saw a guy 1 day fishing with 5 ocean poles and then leaving with at least 20+ fish still had more in his ice chest, not good when i try to explain fihing rules to my grandson and no game warden to stop illegal fishing. hope they get better cause it is a nice place for kids to learn how to fish.p.s. wish they would open the little shop out there that they use to have years ago.
years ago when they 1st opened apollo park , i used to come out from north edwards with my parents and go fishing . look at the space capsole..... and enjoy a day of fun..... not so today..... i was out at apollo park when they had the last trout fishing derby.... the 1st weekend of november...madness at its best.. the limit for trout is 5.. and i was watching people take 10,12,15 and even 1 man had 20 trout on 1 stringer..... and no game warden to be found... no wonder us weekend fishermen are driving past apollo to go to places like lake isabella or up to big bear or over to little rock damn to go fishing.. at least there we know we have a better chance of catching fish.
I used to love going to this park with my kids - it was peaceful, stocked with fish, and lots of nature. It still is a beautiful place, aesthetically, and it can be okay to visit in the early mornings. But in the last few years, more and more "ghetto" people started to come in the late afternoons - hanging out in groups and drinking alcohol, smoking weed, or causing a loud scene, cussing, throwing things at the ducks, etc. This has made many people uncomfortable near dusk, especially with low presence of rangers. I wouldn't recommend coming here in the evenings or weekends alone, especially... until something is done to monitor the park more heavily. I encourage others who have experienced the same situations to contact the city (or local authorities, when these people are present and causing a scene) and have something done to bring back safety and peace to our beloved park!
I LOVE this park. I walk my dogs around the park for exercise and I find it quite peaceful. There's trees for shade, and beautiful views with the ponds. The park is about a mile all the way around so it makes a good exercise routine (can keep track of how far I've walked).
There is a pond with ducks to feed! The kids love feeding the ducks. There are several big open places to play, play structures to play on, and paths for bike riding. There are lots of trees to provide shade for picnics and tables and chairs if you prefer that to sitting on a blanket. This is one of my favorite places to bring the kids.