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Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield

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4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Hart Memorial Park is a large public park in Kern County, California. It is located just north of Bakersfield . The park is, and contains two lakes and three canals. It was named after County Supervisor John Hart, who spearheaded the project. Constructed between 1921 and 1936, it is the oldest section of the Kern River County Park.HistoryConstructionThe origins of the park date back to 1921, when County Supervisor John Hart, convinced the county to purchase land along the Kern River, east of Gordon's Ferry. The goal was to create a large recreation park, which residents could use to escape the summer heat. Landscape Architect Howard Gilkey, from Oakland, California, was hired to create the general plan for the park. Famous for designing water features, Gilkey made extensive use of the adjacent Kern River. Several canals and lakes were designed.<Construction began shortly after the property was acquired. Development proceeded slowly, since the county did not appropriate funds. Instead, Hart relied largely on private donations for materials and volunteer labor. Almost every non-profit service club would participate in the effort. Several sponsored a grove of trees, providing landscaping and irrigation. These groves were originally marked with plaques recognizing these organization, however, years of vandalism have destroyed many of them.Although the park was laid out according to Gilkey's master plan, most of the construction work was done without formal engineering plans. Streets, lakes, canals, and buildings were instead constructed "by ear." Several buildings from other parts of Bakersfield were also moved to the park. Because of the limited funding, one of the primary building material used was river rocks from the Kern River Canyon (which were free). They were used in the construction of fire rings, barbecues, drinking fountains, and the double decker bandstand (with drinking fountains on the lower level).
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  • Every time grandparents come into town to visit this is a fun place to go. The grandparents and our preschool/school aged kids have fun. 
  • I like to go get peacock feathers when they fell off there laying all over the ground, who knows you might even run into a family of skunks or ducks. bring bread to feed the ducks. 
  • My kids love this place! several different playgrounds and table for grilling. river is nearby and fishing is easily accesssible. Can feed the ducks and watch the peacocks,hike up a mountain or just r...  read more »
  • Like to hangout and catch Pok√©mon on pokemon go if u lure the turtle art pokestop there u can catch a dragonite on pokemon go
  • I love Hart park, it's close by, it doesn't dirty itself, people are Dirty, leaving messes behind after a weekend. But over all it's a great park, You can Picnic, hike up that steep mountain, swim in the murky water or just bring ur furry friends for a walk. It's beautiful full of trees and grass. I love bringing my dogs here.
  • Well lets get down to my pro's and con's. The park is very large with many places of shade. This park is good for grilling, family functioning, outdoor adventure, exercise, swimming, tube floating, photography and more some of the details are posted on info about park. The bad part is sanitation. The park can get really disgusting I've seen human feces in walk ways with toilet paper with brown stains that was very unpleasant to see and smell. The rivers and streams are very murky i Don't want to get started about the restrooms available to the public very gross men's rest room was so filthy. The park can get packed so come early to get the good spots but most of all that will be it about My options. Overall i had a good time to explore and take photos that I will show you enjoy!
  • Huge park by the Kern River. Lot's of room to bbq and have big or small events or just hang or fish at the river. Plenty of restrooms, though they aren't very clean.
  • So many pretty areas here! People need to learn to pick up after themselves though, it can be a bit messy with litter in some areas.
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