Summer 2018 is an exciting time for Recreation and Parks Department with two new park areas opening. Kaiser Permanente Sports Village is expanding with an entrance off Taft Highway featuring a new playground, picnic shelter and several walking paths. Watch for more details this summer on a grand opening celebration. Tarina Homes Sports Complex at Mesa Marin will open its Phase II improvements which include a playground, spray park, group picnic area, expanded walking paths and a walk bridge from the parking area to the new park area. Once these two parks open, the Recreation and Parks Department will accept reservation for the group picnic areas.
As the weather improves and more people of all ages are enjoying all fifty-nine (59) city parks, please take time to review the park rules. Park rules are there for everyone's safety and enjoyment of the variety of amenities available throughout the city. A full list of park rules can be found on the city's website, and some of the rules are highlighted throughout the brochure.
The City of Bakersfield is making a concerted effort to plant more trees in parks and streetscapes with funding available from various grants received. A big thank you to the Tree Foundation of Kern for volunteers planting over 100 trees in parks and even more downtown over the next two years.