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Pomona’s wide range of recreational options stretches from drag races to sport fishing to historic home tours. Pomona is home to 23 public parks, four community centers, and more than 2,000 recreational acres used for fishing, hiking, biking, and other activities. Two municipal golf courses are located in the area, and many others are within a short driving distance. The Mount Baldy Ski Area features four double lifts and an elevation of 8,600 feet. Water parks and recreational vehicle parks offer a variety of fun events and amenities.

Ganesha Park is a 60-acre preserve of rolling hills and recreational facilities. Amenities at Ganesha Park include picnic areas, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a swimming pool complex, and community center. At Pomona’s oldest park, residents can enjoy stunning 120-year old eucalyptus trees and a 250-tree Redwood grove—the only one of its kind in Southern California. Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park offers camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and horseback riding amenities. The San Bernardino National Forest is one of California’s largest parks. Residents can camp and picnic in this park, and enjoy activities such as hunting, fishing, and swimming. Prado Park offers camping facilities and a 60-acre lake stocked with catfish and trout. Guasti Regional Park features 22 acres and two stocked lakes where residents can enjoy swimming, picnicking, pedal boat rides, and outdoor barbecues.

More than 1.5 million visitors come from all over the world each year to attend the Los Angeles County Fair, held each year since 1922 at Pomona’s Fairplex Exposition Center (www.fairplex.com). This action-packed exposition lasts 17 days and includes activities such as livestock exhibits, arts and crafts displays, carnival rides, and live entertainment.

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Fairplex in Pomona hosts more than 3 million guests each year at a variety of trade, consumer and exposition events including automotive shows, computer fairs, arts and crafts shows and ethnic festivals. The largest of these events is the self-produced L.A. County Fair held each year since 1922. The 18-day Fair, held each September, attracts more than 1.4 million guests from all over the world and includes favorite activities such as the famous FairView Farms agriculture and livestock exhibit, the Millard Sheets Gallery, fine and home arts exhibits, the spectacular Flower & Garden Pavilion, carnival rides, shopping, great food and live entertainment.

The Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly Pomona continues the tradition of horse shows begun by cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg. Arabian purebreds trained and handled by Pomona staff and students are shown monthly.

More than 200 City-sponsored recreational programs are offered throughout the year, including dancing, bridge, and youth soccer. Residents enjoy seasonal events, such as the Christmas Parade and Fourth of July KABOOM. Nearby points of interest such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Laguna Beach are favorite destinations for Pomona residents.

Activities and entertainment are offered at both the “Passport to Pomona” and “Second Saturday” events held monthly throughout the Arts Colony in downtown Pomona. Galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops are open to visitors and residents alike.

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