Park Stockdale

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.

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Park Stockdale hires new administrative assistant

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.

Playground structure removed

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.



Al Johnson, and his son, Adam, survey the situation before demolition.

Crystal Johnson surveys her husband’s work.

Christmas home winners

109 Angell Street

409 Carr Street















5904 Cochran Drive







6108 Cochran Drive










901 Elsey Street







400 Gabriel Drive




5908 Hesketh Drive










5609 Kleinpell Avenue








6000 Preston Court








6013 Friant Drive











6401 Hartman Avenue
















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.

Board of Directors elections

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.

Entrance signs painted

Board President Jim Carnal volunteered to paint the two Park Stockdale entrance signs after they became faded.




Christmas home judging

You better be ready because a panel of Christmas aficionados will scour the neighborhood Dec. 18 to make a list of the best decorated Christmas homes. Residents of the top three homes in each of three categories will be awarded one dozen donuts. The categories are: nativity, traditional and kids’ pick.

These homes look ready.