Who we are

The KRPF, established in 1985, is a non-profit foundation that works to protect, preserve, and restore the natural riparian and wildlife habitat of the Kern River. We also develop and maintain public open space, structures, monuments and parks that preserve and beautify the Kern River, and support projects that advance educational and scientific knowledge of the Kern River.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 1602
Bakersfield, CA 93302-1602


Learn more about the Kern River Parkway Multi-Use Trail

City of Bakersfield Parks and Recreation video


Our story

Are you familiar with the history of the Kern River Parkway? Tim O'Neil and his partners at Mentality Creative created this mini-doc for us. Click the play button to watch it.

Tim describes it better than we can:
"One of my favorite examples of changing your community for the better is the Kern River Parkway Foundation in my hometown of Bakersfield, California. My dad Rich and his trusted partner Bill Cooper have been doing this work for almost 50 years. My MentalityTeam and I created a mini-doc to tell their story and to hopefully inspire the next generation of volunteers to get involved. Enjoy. And if you like things like trails, parks, bike paths, lakes, and urban beautification, please share it."

Thank you so much for creating this for us, Tim. The video is so inspiring and beautifully done. We love it!



Need to report a problem in the Parkway?

To report bike path issues, broken sprinklers, landscaping issues, or problems with one of the parks in the Kern River Parkway, use one of these links:

City of Bakersfield mobile app

City of Bakersfield Parks and Recreation

Kern County General Services

City of Bakersfield Code Compliance

Kern County Code Compliance

Bakersfield Police Department non-emergency number: (661) 327-7111

Kern County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number: (661) 861-3110

Our mission

The purpose of the KRPF is to restore, preserve, and improve the lower Kern River through Bakersfield and to expand and maintain the river corridor system of publicly accessible river water, river trails, parks, and native flora and fauna called The Kern River Parkway for the benefit of the citizens of Bakersfield and Kern County.

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