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Kern County Kern River Parkway

Kern River Parkway Foundation is pleased to announce that the portion of the Kern River Parkway in the county-controlled areas is now known as the Kern County Kern River Parkway.  The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the designation on June 16, 2020.  This designation will allow agencies and organizations like the Kern River Parkway Foundation to coordinate and collaborate with others to remediate and improve areas all along the Kern River Parkway.  The City of Bakersfield previously designated their section as the City of Bakersfield Kern River Parkway. The Kern River Parkway is briefly described as starting at the mouth of the Kern Canyon and ending at Lake Buena Vista.

The Kern County and City of Bakersfield Kern River Parkway includes the following properties which total 6,575 acres:  Kern River Golf Course, Lake Ming, Kern River Soccer Park,Camp Okihi, Shell Park, Hart Memorial Park, Panorama Vista Preserve, San Miguel Grove, Uplands of the Kern River,  Beach Park, Yokuts Park, The Park at Riverwalk, River Oaks Park, and the 2800 Acre Water Bank.  These properties are tied together both by the Kern River and the bike path, which are widely used and cherished by Kern County families and tourists.

Kern River Parkway Interpretive Center

Exciting news!  The California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) has concurred with the County of Kern and Chattel's determination that the Hart Park Adobe is eligible to apply for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This concurrence has automatically listed the Adobe in the California Register of Historic Places. You can read more about this designation here, and more about the Adobe House here.  (photo credit: Living New Deal