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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Playground benches painted

Many thanks to Alondra Mora who, with PSCA president Jim Carnal, volunteered to paint the two playground benches on Feb. 28. She earned community service hours for the National Honor Society. Her teacher, Eli Hamm, is also a Park Stockdale resident and former PSCA president. Students interested in earning community service hours by doing volunteer work at the nonprofit may call the office, 323-4302.

Book Club forming

The Park Stockdale Book Club is now forming. Do you prefer nonfiction? Or fiction?
We are hoping to form two different clubs that fit your preference.
Due to the coronavirus, we will use Zoom to meet safely. As the weather warms, we will bring chairs and meet at the park.
Meetings will be at 7 p.m. on the first Mondays (fiction) and third Mondays (nonfiction) of the month.
Contact: Kay Bell at or Alta Walker at



Ten top Christmas homes

The Park Stockdale Civic Association board of directors announced the winners of its Christmas homes contest. Homes were not ranked and are shown in no particular order. Winners received a voucher for a dozen Foster’s donuts. Homes in arrears were not considered.

Reporting vandals

Vandalism has increased recently. Authorities need proof to take action. The Board of Directors is working to identify the vandals.  Besides contacting the police, please also inform the board of any vandalism in the neighborhood. Take a photo, note the day, time and address and send it to: Stay safe. Do not confront anyone in a dangerous way. Together we can tackle this issue and keep our neighborhood friendly and safe.

A Review of 2020 Park Stockdale improvements

By JIM CARNAL PSCA president The Park Stockdale Board of Directors voted to increase homeowners’ dues from $18 a month to $21 a month effective back on Jan. 1, 2020. The board was considering raising dues again in 2021 but then the Covid pandemic hit with its resulting economic devastation. The directors deferred any more increases until the economy improves. Here is a list of some of the bigger items that the dues increase helped fund. --Trimmed all park trees of dangerous branches. Some trees had broken limbs just waiting to fall. --Repaired and repainted the exterior of all buildings, including the wrought iron fencing. The exterior had not been painted for at least 15 years. --Ground down level all concrete in the pool area (tripping hazard). --Puttied and repainted cracks and lines on all four tennis courts. --Created the ParkCourse designed for children. --Replaced the newsletter with our new website,, to save money and go paperless. --Reseeded and fertilized the lawn. --Repaired the roof and a bathroom wall after a leak caused water damage. --Replaced a broken pool skimmer. --Planted replacement seedless liquid amber and raywood ash trees. --Added office security screen door. There is still much to do, according to the 2019  reserve study commissioned by the board. --Replace the Harrington Park sign. --Repair or replace the two park barbecues. --Update the playground equipment. --Replace the roof. --Install rooftop solar to save energy expenses. --Repave the parking lot. --Resurface the tennis courts. --Refurbish the hall. --Replenish the reserve account.