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Monday, Jul 15 2013 11:17 AM

'First Look': Sports Village to expand

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    Dianne Hoover, director of the City of Bakersfield's Recreation and Parks Department, talks about the park system on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    Engineer Richard Meyer checks the water wheel at the Mill House at Mill Creek, a 1,001-square-foot co-generation facility featuring a water wheel. Amenities include a restroom, wet bar, loft, patio, and Wi-Fi. It's the type of place that also may be rented for wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    City officials as well as the builder and engineer celebrated the opening of The Mill House at Mill Creek, a 1,001-square-foot co-generation facility featuring a water wheel.

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    The Mill House at Mill Creek is a 1,001-square-foot co-generation facility featuring a water wheel. Amenities include a restroom, wet bar, loft, patio and Wi-Fi. It's the type of place that also may be rented for wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    The Mill House at Mill Creek is a 1,001-square-foot co-generation facility featuring a water wheel. Amenities include a restroom, wet bar, loft, patio and Wi-Fi .It's the type of place that also may be rented for wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    Children of east Bakersfield enjoy the city's newest, ninth spray park, at Siemon Park, in this July 12, 2013 photo.

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    Ryan Ayala, 12, right, holds a little girl as the water at Siemon Park Spray Park turns on for the first time during the grand opening on Friday afternoon. Siemon Park Spray Park is now the city's ninth spray park and located in east Bakersfield with approximately 2,090 square feet.

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    Austin Ayala, 10, left, and his cousin, Ryan Ayala, 12, right, hold their hands out as the water turns on for the first time during the grand opening of Siemon Park Spray Park on Friday afternoon.

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    Mayor Harvey Hall smiles up at the crowd as he cuts a ribbon to officially open Siemon Park Spray Park on Friday afternoon. Siemon Park Spray Park is now the city's ninth spray park and located in east Bakersfield, with approximately 2,090 square feet.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The city of Bakersfield just opened Mill House at Mill Creek and Siemon Spray Park -- and more Recreation and Park enhancements are on the way.

Aug. 23 will be a big day as the city opens Phase 2 of the State Farm Sports Village along Taft Highway between Ashe and Gosford roads.

Dianne Hoover, director of the city's Recreation and Parks Department, said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox" that four more soccer fields (there are eight now) and four youth football fields will open at the Sports Village that day.

A master plan calls for later adding softball fields and a community center, a new stadium field and a new entrance off Taft Highway.

The city has 59 parks; you can find the amenities at each at bakersfieldparks.us.

The recent additions to the system include:

* Mill House at Mill Creek, a 1,001-square-feet cogeneration facility with a water wheel. It has a restroom, wet bar, loft, patio and Wi-Fi.

Hoover said it's available for reservations for small parties and meetings, and can accommodate about 30 people inside.

"It's picturesque. It's nice to look at," simulcast host Scott Cox said.

* Siemon Spray Park opened Friday. The western themed-facility is on a 2,090-square-feet splash pad.

The city now has nine spray parks, Hoover said. The spray parks are free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. every day through Sept. 2; after that they're open weekends only until Sept. 29.

Cox called them "way better" than running through the sprinklers at home.

Hoover also encouraged people to learn to swim, and noted that lessons are offered at the city's pools: McMurtrey Aquatic Center, Silver Creek Pool, Jefferson Pool and the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool.

 

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