East Bakersfield spelled out at new park dedicated to fallen BPD officer


Earlier this week, we brought to you a story about a new pocket park in East Bakersfield dedicated to fallen Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson.

One of the park’s most prominent features is a beautiful mural of East Bakersfield, spelled out on the side of a storage container. The storage container serves as one of the park’s boundaries and will also hold items like tables and other items for events.

Every letter of the ‘East Bakersfield Love Letter Mural’ is by a different artist, representing how they see their community.

The park is located at the corner of Brown and Monterey streets. Ward 2 city councilman Andrae Gonzales, who helped bring the park there, says it will host movie nights, community concerts, and informational meetings.     

After years of planning, the David Nelson Park will open its gates Friday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled at 10 a.m.

Tonight, the Children’s First Campaign will be holding a fundraiser at the Tiki-Ko bar in Downtown Bakersfield. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go toward the park. The bar is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

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