West Side Recreation & Park District
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About Us

West Side Recreation & Park District was established on November 10, 1947 (under the name of West Side County and City Park, Recreation and Parkway District). WSRPD was established to serve approximately 407 square miles on the west side of the County of Kern. Currently, WSRPD serves the following School Districts: Taft City School District, Taft Union High School, Taft Community College, Elk Hills School District, McKittrick School District, and Midway (Fellows) School District.

"The purpose of the West Side Recreation & Park District is to provide a well-rounded, wholesome program of leisure time activities for people residing in the District as well as to help provide a positive economic impact throughout the community in which we serve. This may be accomplished by acquisition and development of park and recreation center areas, the development of supervised programs, construction and management of recreation facilities, and cooperative efforts with other agencies in the areas in which they provide services that positively impact the community." 

Parks Make Life Better
An extensive research study asked California citizens and public officials “Why are parks important to you?” The research, sponsored by the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with more than 4,000 members, was used to develop the first-ever brand of the profession. “Parks Make Life Better!” is now being launched by CPRS members statewide, including West Side Recreation & Park District.