Belcourt Park in Seven Oaks opened November 1 with a ribbon cutting hosted by the City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks Department; Belcourt builder/developer Woodbridge Pacific Group (WPG); and Seven Oaks developer Bolthouse Properties. Park tours, music and food trucks highlighted opening festivities.
The new park encompasses 8.3 acres, and is open for public use. It includes covered picnic areas and play structures, a tot lot, tennis courts, an open field and an amphitheater.
“Belcourt Park is a beautiful addition to the City of Bakersfield system of public parks, and represents a unique partnership with Woodbridge Pacific Group and Bolthouse Properties, and with the Belcourt H.O.A., which will maintain and operate this park for the neighborhood and for the entire community,” said Recreation & Parks Department Director Dianne Hoover. “A safety surface surrounds the playground, the open field can accommodate multi-sports, the tennis courts will be well used, and we all look forward to programs at the amphitheater. Belcourt Park marks the 60th park within the city limits, and we look forward to many years of family fun.”
The park’s amphitheater framed the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked official opening. Guest speakers included: Mayor Karen Goh; Councilmember Bruce Freeman; Assistant City Manager Chris Huot; WPG’s Todd Cunningham; and Bolthouse Properties Bruce Davis. Guests also included City department heads and staff; WPG and Bolthouse Properties staff; and residents of Belcourt and other Bakersfield neighborhoods.
“We are delighted to be part of the collaborative team that has brought this new amenity to Belcourt,” said WPG President Todd Cunningham. “WPG wholeheartedly shares the City’s commitment to a great quality of life for all ages, and we are proud to contribute to that quality at Belcourt.”
Cunningham added that the park is the latest addition to Belcourt’s network of paseos and trails. Connecting Belcourt neighborhoods with open space and amenities, this network is key to Belcourt’s village concepts. “Our Bakersfield focus groups told us they wanted to live close to work, leisure, community activities, retail and dining,” he said. “This connectivity is a core element of the Belcourt lifestyle.”
Seven Oaks master developer Bolthouse Properties said that Belcourt reflects the Bolthouse commitment to excellence. “Belcourt is clearly meeting our objectives for optimized value in all residential communities,” said Bruce Davis, Bolthouse Senior Vice President of Development. “We commend the City and WPG on this latest contribution to the superb live/work/play lifestyle that Belcourt residents enjoy every day.”