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Hart Memorial Park, Bakersfield
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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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  • My husband is a wildlife photographer and this is a favorite spot for him. There are so many varieties of ducks, herons, egrets, turtles, owls, hawks, cormorants, racoon's, and yes the famous peacocks...  more »
  • 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. 
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  • Enjoy spending time with family, friends and our dogs. Bring a trash bag because we usually need to pre-clean our area prior to barbeque or picnic... Other than that it's a wonderful place to relax.
  • Nice park that makes you think you've left town. And the peacocks are neat. Also seen a water turtle, raccoons,and fish.lots of trails
  • One of my favorite parks-so beautiful and peaceful! You can go for romantic dates or fun family time. Especially when the sun starts setting, WOW
  • 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.
  • Love this place good to come during the day and walk around and feed ducks. Curfew I'm forced park and parking is free but it's in the talks that they might start charging for parking.