Park Stockdale is a neighborhood of 578 homes located in beautiful southwest Bakersfield With entrances at Rio Bravo DrIVE and Lennox AveNUE. Park Stockdale is a quiet, mature community with a distinctive character not seen IN the newer housing tracts where it is difficult to tell one house from the next.
Residents enjoy community amenities including four full-size tennis courts, a five-lane, 75-foot-long swimming pool with diving board, Harrington Park – a private community park/playground, and Frank Weldon Community Hall – the neighborhood community center. Regular neighborhood activities include T-Ball, bi-annual neighborhood-wide yard sales, and seasonal neighborhood events.
The city of Bakersfield is offering a lifeguard certification class beginning with assessments at noon Feb. 24 or at 7:15 p.m. March 4 or April 4.
The assessment at McMurtrey Aquatic Center includes completing a 300-yard swim test, a 10-pound brick test, and be able to tread water for two minutes.
Upon completion of the assessment, students enroll in an upcoming Lifeguard Academy and apply online for the city’s lifeguard position at www.bakersfieldcity.us. They must attend the entire course selected.
Academy 1: 8-6 March 9, 10, 16, and 17.
Academy 2: 8-5 March 25-28.
Academy 3: 8-6 April 13, 14, 20, and 21.
Cost is $225.
For more information, call (661) 852-7430.
The Park Stockdale Civic Association is also hiring certified lifeguards for the summer season. Applicants must be at least 15 1/2 years old.
For an application, visit the office 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MWF at 205 Rio Bravo Avenue. For more information, contact the PSCA at (661) 323-4302; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign-ups for Park Stockdale T-ball will be held from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday, Feb. 25, in the hall, 205 Rio Bravo Drive.
Sign-ups are limited to the first 6o children.
T-ball is for children age 4-8; 4 before Jan. 1, 2024; kindergarten, first and second grade.
There will be four 15-player teams.
Games and practices will be held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2 through May 23.
Cost is $48 for Park Stockdale residents; $50 for non-Park Stockdale residents.
This is an introductory league: runs and outs do not count. Parents are encouraged to participate.
For more information, call director Tom Bell at 322-2801.
Ana Flores is the new face of Park Stockdale.
She started this week as administrative assistant in the office.
She replaces Sharyn Coleman who retired after many years of service. “The board of directors thanks Coleman
for her decades of dedicated service and welcomes Flores,” board president Jim Carnal said.
Coleman will be available for advice or to fill in as needed. Flores has been a resident of Park Stockdale since 2016. She serves as a board member and also volunteers on the community committee, which puts on events like the Easter egg hunt, Halloween and Christmas programs.
She said, “I am excited for the new role and my continued service to this amazing community and its residents. Please don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello.”
Office hours remain 10-1 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Saturday morning, five volunteers removed a decades-old playground structure because of safety concerns. The Board of Directors decided that the structure, which was more than 40 years old, needed to be removed before it became a danger. The metal slide got hot in the summer, the green tube was very fast and the platform was no longer level. The structure was below tall trees that sometimes drop limbs during storms and above-ground roots were a tripping hazard.
Volunteers were: resident Adam Johnson, his father Al, who does not live in the neighborhood, residents Scott Yadon and Leo Garza and board president Jim Carnal.
There are no plans to replace the structure because of the poor location.
Thank you so much for all who took the time to decorate their homes. It’s a beautiful tour around the neighborhood.
The home with music that plays in coordination with the lights is 5908 Hesketh Drive. Turn your radio to 99.9 fm.
The home where you can press a button to make snow and fog fall on the decorations is 901 Elsey Street.
The home with a beautiful nativity set is 6000 Preston Court.
The number of inflatable decorations has increased delighting the children.
These are some of the best homes in the neighborhood as judged by four adult and four child residents. Board Vice-President Roxanne Fackler spearheaded the project. Winners each won gift certificates for a dozen Foster’s donuts.
Park Stockdale certainly has the Christmas spirit.
The Board of Directors election will be held Tuesday, February 20, 2024. All nominations must be submitted by the end of the January Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in the hall.
Anyone interested in running for the Board should contact a current Board member or call the office at (661) 323-4302.
The following board members are up for re-election: Jim Carnal, Matt Coleman, Kiki Contreras, Ana Flores, Pat Nolan and Josh Saravia.