Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield

4.2
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).
Before you visit Bakersfield, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
Source
Create an itinerary including Hart Memorial Park
map
Hart Memorial Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
39 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Nice park along Kern River. Picnic tables, shady trees, lawn, several lakes and peacocks around offices. Don't miss the feral cats near the old water wheel.  more »
  • When i go out to Hart Park for some alone time, and writing I sit near the area where the peacocks are. There are so many of them it's hard to not see them  more »
  • I go from time to time to check them out. They are a great way to relax. Hart Park is a good place for a picnic or BBQ. Lots of trees! Close to Kern River. I have lots of fun memories there. One is wh...  more »
Google
  • Fun for the whole family!! Whatever your pleasure your bound to find it here. This park has playgrounds, tables with bbq pits lots of trees for shade. With access to the beautiful Kern river that runs right through the park. It has 2 large ponds so dad can dip a pole. Set against the hills with trails for hiking bike riding and they even have an awesome dirt bike track. On top of all that it is in the heart of the fossil belt, if you like hunting for sharks teeth and other fossils chances are good you might find one here.When I was young it was a right of passage to climb the highest hill and slide down it on a sled(piece of cardboard)
  • I ln joy the hills and river that surrounds Hart Park I am a rock hound and I love their stones I collect. they have nice beautiful stones the park little too hard to get a spot. it's packed so it must be good. the hills are always open.
  • Hart Park is absolutely beautiful. The park itself is usually very clean. It's a great place to go hiking, take your family, or even take pictures for avid photographers. On holidays, such as Easter, be sure to arrive early, the park entrance does get closed down when it gets too full.
  • A wonderful experience in nature with all the conveniences of a park. Want to sit by a lake and read? You got it. Want to have a picnic under the shade of enormous trees? No problem. Thinking of taking a hike along a trail that leads up a huge hill offering a spectacular view of the park and surrounding area? You're covered. From chirping birds to BBQ lunches, it's all here.
  • I love Hart Park to walk around, take a run, get your feet wet by the river, chill on a good weather day, maybe see the pretty peacocks play games/sports, it's a big park so there is usually always room and parking, you can BBQ with their grills and they do have some picnic tables.
Places to stay near Hart Memorial Park

Plan your trip to Bakersfield

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Hart Memorial Park by other users

16 days in United States BY A USER FROM FRANCE May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Bakersfield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in San Francisco & Bakersfield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 28 days in Nashville & Bakersfield BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Bakersfield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans