Bakersfield parks rank 36th in national survey

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield parks ranked 36 against the top 60 most populated cities, according to a survey by the Trust for Public Land.

"We got high scores for the number of playgrounds we have for the city of Bakersfield," said Diane Hoover, director of Recreation and Parks. 

Bakersfield had a score of 46 out of 100 and came in a tie along side cities like Anaheim, Arlington and Dallas. 

We ranked high in the size of the city's median park, which was 9.4 acres. We also ranked high in the number of playgrounds per resident, three per 10,000 residents. 

"We try to renovate two to three playgrounds a doing that we make it more accessible for more child of all abilities," said Hoover. 

In the last several years the city has renovated playgrounds, added spray parks and most recently a new skate park in the southeast. 

The city came up short when it came to the accessibility of parks. Only 40 percent of residents live within 10 minutes of a park. 

"We have some pockets in the city that we don't have a lot of parks..those pockets could be industrial low residential," said Hoover. 

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