Shell Park, which is located on the north side of the Kern River across from Hart Park and next to Camp Okihi on Round Mountain Rd., has been neglected for years. It gets its name from Shell Oil Company, which formerly owned the property. It is part of the Kern River County Park, which includes Hart Park, Shell Park, Camp Okihi, CALM, Lake Ming, and the Kern River Golf Course. The county is placing 3.5 miles of bike lane on Round Mountain Rd., and reinforced barrier which will allow pedestrian traffic, but no vehicle traffic, into Shell Park. Rehabilitation efforts for Shell Park will continue, including the installation of a barrier between Shell Park and Camp Okihi.
Kern River Parkway Map
We’re partnering with other groups and government entities on the creation of a map to show Bakersfield residents and visitors all the Parkway has to offer. This map is much needed, and we're looking forward to working on it.
Invasive plants and animals
Invasive, non-native plants and animals have become an expensive problem in the Parkway. Water hyacinth clogs our river and weirs. Red-eared slider turtles have been released into the river and park lakes, where they reproduce and crowd out native species. Saltcedar shrubs/trees, while pretty, have spread rapidly along the Parkway, and crowd out native shrubs and trees. We plan to work with city and county staff on this issue.