The City of Bakersfield's parks have been ranked 63rd in the nation this year by the Trust for Public Land.
The ranking is thanks to the City's scoring on dog parks per capita (80th percentile) and spray parks per capita (79th percentile). TPL also gave the City's parks matching scores of 56 (out of 100) for acreage (amount of land dedicated to parks and facilities) as well as amenities offered (e.g., basketball hoops, tennis/pickleball courts, playgrounds and dog parks).
TPL also found that nearly half (46%) of all City residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the great amenities offered are unavailable to the public at this time, though the City does hope that will change in the near future as the state continues to re-open from the governor's stay-at-home order.
With that said, all City parks have remained open for public use during the pandemic - with the exception of the sports complexes - including dog parks!
And on Friday, May 29, the Recreation & Parks Department added to those dog parks, opening up the dog park at Bridle Creek Park in southwest Bakersfield to the public!