Introduction to Fountain Valley, California
The California city of Fountain Valley is located in Orange County, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Bisected by Interstate I-405, the city is also serviced by California State Highways 22, 55, and 73. Air transportation is available via John Wayne Airport (15 minutes away) and Los Angeles International (45 minutes away). Surrounding communities include Westminster (to the north), Santa Ana (to the northeast), Costa Mesa (to the southeast), and Huntington Beach (to the southwest). The city is bordered on the east by the Santa Ana River.
Located in a swampy region originally referred to as "Gospel Swamps", Fountain Valley derived its name from early settlers who found that they could dig virtually anywhere and find a source of artesian water. Up until the 1930s, Fountain Valley remained a field crop area, producing beans and sugar beets. After that time, the agricultural emphasis shifted to truck crops, such as strawberries, cabbage, corn, lettuce and carrots. Incorporated in 1957, Fountain Valley early on established a master plan for development which served it well a decade later when faced with a large growth boom. Since that time Fountain Valley has often been referred to as Orange County's best-planned community.
Things to do in Fountain View
Located within easy driving distance of Disneyland and several other major Southern California attractions, Fountain View can also claim some local points of interest. Mile Square Park has asphalt paths that allow cyclists and hikers access to all of its 640 acres. Two lakes in the park are stocked with bass, bluegill, carp and catfish. Every July the park hosts a five-day festival complete with carnival games, rides, live concerts, food and fireworks. The Fountain Valley Skating Center features roller skating on an old fashion wooden rink. The Fountain Valley Golf and Recreation Club is a family amusement park with a go-kart track, mini-golf course, kiddie big top, and a large video arcade. The Casa de Tortuga ("House of the Tortoises") is the private residence of Walter Allen, whose yard and aquariums house more than 500 turtles and tortoises. Also part of the complex is a network of pools and waterfalls comprising part of the tiny ecosystem for his collection.