BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The National Park Service has awarded $3 million to help upgrade the Kaiser Permanente Sports Village on Ashe and Gosford Roads, the City of Bakersfield announced Wednesday.
The city said the new improvements will include five new youth football fields, a restroom and concession stand, an outdoor gym area, parking lots, sports field lighting, and landscaping.
According to city officials, this project was one of only seven projects statewide recommended by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to the National Park Service. The city confirmed it will also match funds in the amount of $3 million, provided by by the Bakersfield Public Safety and Vital Services Measure (Measure N), to help complete the project.
In a statement, Dianne Hoover, Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Bakersfield said:
“The Kaiser Permanente Sports Village is the premier league and tournament youth sports facility in the Central Valley. This grant provides important funding to help address the increasing demand for youth sports facilities within the City and demonstrates how the community can leverage outside grant dollars by having the Bakersfield Public Safety and Vital Services Measure funds available.”
The city said construction for the improvements is scheduled to begin next fiscal year.