City of Bakersfield Parks and Recreation seeks community input to prioritize park investments

October 24, 2023 /

The City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks Department is hosting a prioritization workshop tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Community House at 2020 R Street. 

Rick Anthony, City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks director, stated the meeting will be to gain community input on what the city should prioritize with the parks. 

“Tonight’s meeting, along with our online prioritization exercise, will allow the City to hear firsthand the priorities of the community and help us shape our spending plan for improvements for the next ten years,” said Anthony.

While they have already become aware of some needs, due to costs and resources, they want to see what the community prefers they focus on. 

“As the City wraps up the final phase of its Parks Master Plan, it is important to hear what the residents feel should be the priorities in spending. We have identified several needs and deficiencies citywide, but understanding limited resources, everything cannot be addressed at once. This not only includes parks but community centers, recreation programs, tree canopy enhancements, trails, and much more,” said Anthony. 

Residents who can not attend the meeting can still participate through an online survey. The survey asks a series of questions about what the resident would like to see more of. One question has a list of different topics and has the residents pick how they would divide the money to invest in them. 

“While we look to provide for the community, we need to be mindful of costs, spending, and the future impacts to the City of Bakersfield,” said Anthony.

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JaNell Gore

Ja'Nell Gore is a student at Cal State Bakersfield. In addition to writing for Kern Sol News she is a poet who loves any chance she has to perform and be with her community.