Explore the Hellman Park Trails

Hellman Park Trails

There is nothing quite like enjoying some fresh air. There are many different ways to do so. While you can easily take a stroll down the street from your Downey apartment, there is nothing quite like going for a hike. If you live in Downey you can easily take advantage of varying hiking spots all throughout Los Angeles County. One such place that is an amazing place to go hiking is at Hellman Park.

Hellman Park Trails are currently closed, but they will reopen again on March 31. This is not much of a problem as the weather is sure to be nice and warm by then. This trail is considered medium level, so even if you’re not as experienced you can still enjoy this hike. This is a great hike to go on the weekend or on your day off. Gather your friends and plan a day to go hiking!

Hellman Park is located at 5700 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601.

Check Out These Hiking Trails Near Downey

Hiking Trails Near Downey

Are you looking to get outdoors more often in 2017? If you live in the city of Downey this is completely possible. Aside from the usual places to go hiking, such as Griffith Park, there are actually a number of trails to take advantage of. Here are three that are located closer to your apartment in Downey.

Hellman Trails

If you want some great views of the city then this is the place to go hiking. There is also a reservoir and places to enjoy a picnic. These trails can be found at 5700 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601.

Turnbull Canyon

If you’re looking to go hiking with friends or a place to go that you can spend hours at, then visit Turnbull Canyon. It is located at Turnbull Canyon Rd, Whittier, CA 90601.

Sycamore Canyon Trail

If you want a trail with a lot of hills to work on endurance, then this is the one for you. You can also find a trail that leads up to a water tower. You can find this trail at 5040 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90609.


Visit These Family Friendly Venues in Downey

Family Friendly Activities Downey

Living in an apartment in Downey is convenient, especially when it comes time to find some fun activities with the family on the weekend.

Dennis the Menace Park

Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned day at the park. The kids can run around and enjoy the playground, and the parents can barbecue, pack a picnic, or just relax and read a book all while enjoying some fresh air. The park is located at 9125 Arrington Ave, Downey, CA 90240.

Del Rio Lanes

If you are looking for a fun family activity in Downey that you can participate in day or night, rain or shine, then head over to Del Rio Lanes. This bowling alley is located at 7502 Florence Ave, Downey, CA 90240. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11 am-1 am, Tuesday from 9 am -1 am, Saturday from 9 am-2 am, and Sunday from 8 am- midnight. In addition to public bowling, there are also special events to participate in.


Don’t Miss the Downey Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Downey Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

December is finally here, and this means holiday celebrations are just around the corner. Here are a couple of events taking place close to your apartment in Downey.

Downey Christmas Parade

Nothing says December and Christmas quite like a Christmas Parade! Get together with the rest of the community in Downey on Sunday, December 4, 2016 for the annual Downey Christmas Parade. It will be taking place from 1  pm to 5 pm. During this event, you will see marching bands, Christmas themed floats, Santa Claus, and more. The parade will be taking on Downey Avenue right between 3rd Street and Florence. Click here for the official posting.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

One of the annual traditions that takes place every year, and that really let’s everyone know that Christmas is nearly upon us is a good old fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony. It will be happening right outside of City Hall, and you can expect some holiday entertainment as well as a visit from Santa Claus. See the event on the Downey calendar here

Downey Events to Check out Before the Holidays

Downey Events

November is officially upon us and fall is in full swing. If you are looking for some fun events to take part in near your Downey apartment to liven up your month, here are a couple of suggestions.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Make sure to take time to honor our veterans this November. The city of Downey recognizes the important roles that veterans have played in our country and has decided to celebrate this fact. On November 11 from 10 am to 11 am, the city will host a small celebration. It will take place right outside of Downey City Hall, so if you have the day off, be sure to attend. In addition to patriotic performances, there will also be speakers at this event. Click here for the official announcement.

Keep Downey Beautiful Clean-up

The city of Downey regularly hosts this event in order to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the city. It is a great way to get together with other Downey residents for a great cause. This will take place on November 19th at 9:00 am and the meeting point is Lakewood and Vista Del Rosa. The event is listed here

Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Carnival in Downey

Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Carnival

Ready to step outside of your Downey apartment for some Halloween fun this year? Halloween is not far away, so now is the time to finalize your plans for the season. One event that is sure to be a hit among Downey residents this year is the Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Carnival.

This event takes place on Halloween day from 5-9 pm, so if you are looking for something to do after work this is the perfect event. Even better, if you are a proud dog owner, bring them along to join in on the fun! There will even be a Pet Costume Parade at 7:45 pm. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other notable aspects of the event include free hot dogs and popcorn, a costume contest, and games.

The Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Carnival in Downey will be held at Apollo Park in Downey. For more information, click here.



Join the Community at These Downey Events

Downey Events

October is a busy month for the city of Downey, and for good reason. If you are looking to be a part of the action taking place near your Downey apartment, then make sure to attend at least one of these events.


Keep Downey Beautiful

As a resident of Downey, you have a great incentive to want to keep the city looking beautiful at all times. If you want to make the city a little bit better, head over to  Old River School Road and Burns Avenue on October 22 at 9 am. This official announcement for this event is listed here.


Time Capsule Burial

Be a part of history when you attend this event. The city officials will be burying a time capsule on October 17 at 4 pm. This capsule will be buried for 40 years until it is re-opened on the 100th anniversary of the city. For more information, click here.


Everything Downey

This event will be held at the Rio Hondo Event Center on October 17 at 9 am. It will be led by Mayor Alex Saab who will discuss what is currently going on in the city of Downey, including recent projects, events, and general news. If you are interested, click here.

Take a Walk at These Downey Parks

Downey Parks

Now that the bustle of summer is over, it’s time to stop and smell the roses. What better way to do this than by taking a trip to a local park. Enjoy some time outdoors right near your Downey apartment.


Apollo Park

This park is 15 acres total, and in addition to park space also has a reservable room. Other amenities include picnic tables, ball diamonds, basketball courts, play area, and a reservable volleyball court. The address is 12544 Rives Avenue.


Furman Park

This park also houses an art museum. Visitors get to enjoy lovely park amenities such as a basketball court, fire ring, fitness course, walking path, tennis court, picnic tables, and more. Visit by going to 10419 Rives Avenue.


Independence Park

With a tennis center, skate park, barbecues, playground, tennis courts, and 13 acres of land, you can’t go wrong by visiting this park! Head over to 12334 Bellflower Blvd. today.

Have a Great Time at the International Food & Music Festival

International Food & Music Festival

Downey is a wonderful city in Southern California filled with plenty to do. If you love being in the know and want a fun event to attend this September, then mark your calendars for the International Food and Music Festival. Taking place on Saturday September 17th at 4 pm, the event has something for everyone.


The highlight of any festival is the food! In addition to many local restaurants, attendees will also find a number of delicious food trucks on-site. Some restaurants you can expect include Dunkin Donuts, Richeeze, and Son of a Bun.


Music will be the main form of entertainment at this event. You will see musical performances by Kellye Huff Band, South Pasadena Transit, Big Bad Rooster, and more.


There will be plenty to see and do at this festival. Some of the attractions include a beer and wine garden, face painting, henna tattoo artists, photo booths, and more.

The event is free to attend, and you can register by clicking here.

Visit NPS for their Centennial Celebration this Summer

Did you know that the National Park Service will be celebrating 100 years of service come this August?

If not, you may want to start reserving your camping spots now as NPS will be offering 16 days of free admission to its 127 parks.

One of the closest parks to you is Joshua Tree National Park. Though names after its unique tree, the rock formations are really impressive – they are oversized boulders that glitter in the So Cal sun. For rock climbers this place is an oasis, as they travel from near and far to scale the boulders.

If you prefer stargazing, you’ll love the fact that you can see the Milky Way so clearly for the desert floor, as the light pollution is far away reserved to the neighboring city of Palm Springs.

There are nine campsites scattered through the park, with just two that provide running water.

Try to plan your trip here around the weather, as you’ll definitely want to avoid camping and hiking here in 100 degree weather.

Click here to find a park near you.