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.
After a one-day closure, the pool has been cleared of algae and reopens today at noon.
The pool will be open today but will be closed Sunday for algae removal. Depending on how the treatment works, the pool may reopen Monday or it may not. Watch this space for an update.
The pool will remain open daily until Aug. 17 when Wayne Van Horn Elementary School reopens. Then it shifts to weekends through Labor Day.
About 50 Park Stockdale seniors were treated to breakfast this morning at the hall.
As part of their community outreach, Girl Scouts Troop 8121 prepared a feast including: bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, eggs with cheese, biscuits and gravy, fruit cups, French toast sticks and waffles with toppings including syrup, strawberries, peaches, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. Beverages included: milk, lemonade and orange juice.
The oldest Park Stockdale residents were acknowledged with smiles, prizes and applause. About a half dozen are original home owners. The following won Hobby Lobby gift cards: Woody won for having driven the longest without a ticket. The oldest resident, Louise, 90, has been living here 57 years. Ardyce was the oldest person to walk regularly. She uses a walker and turns 82 next week.
Many people said they had a great time and their facial expressions confirmed it.
This was the second Senior Breakfast Action Project sponsored by Thrivent Action Project. Park Stockdale resident Becky Powers led the activity.
Bakersfield Police Department Community Relations Officer Rachel Rivera talked about safety issues. She encouraged people to get out and walk or bicycle in the neighborhood. From a safety point of view, the more people moving in the neighborhood, the less crime.
In addition to calling BPD when observing suspicious activity, Rivera suggested people take note of the offenders’ shoes. When describing a suspect, their clothing is important but suspects often pull off layers of clothing. They don’t generally change their shoes.
Girl Scouts Evelyn and Lunes described their Girl Scouts’ Silver Project refurbishing the game room and led a tour of the game room after breakfast.
Eight intrepid athletes braved 95-degree weather to bike and scoot around the neighborhood in the Walk N Wheels event at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
That number swelled to 40 for an outdoor family movie in the park at 8:30. Residents enjoyed fresh popcorn popped by Nadine Tamondong and Ana Flores.
Park Stockdale will host its second Walk N Wheels for residents and their guests at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, followed immediately by a movie night in the park at 8:30. In honor of Independence Day, participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.
Sixty people enjoyed the first event two months ago.
Participants ride bicycles, tricycles, skateboards or scooters or push baby strollers around the neighborhood.
Whatever the mode of transportation, come have fun cruising the neighborhood and then enjoy a family movie in the park.
Priscilla Luna and Evelyn Torres are renovating the game room for their Girl Scouts silver award project.
The girls from Troop 8121, under the direction of troop leaders Lidia Torres and Ashley Luna, and with help from family and friends, painted the room, restained the counters and cabinets, and replaced the light bulbs with LEDs Saturday. Next weekend, they plan to deep clean the carpet.
But they need help with their vision to modernize the room from its 1960s origin.
They are requesting donations from the community. Their wish list includes:
-Decorative wall paintings and pictures
– storage cabinets
To make a donation, call Lidia Torres at (626) 675-6493.