Fifty-six low-income families and homeless veterans will soon have access to a recreational area outside of their new affordable housing complex in Bakersfield, after a land donation transfer by local water provider Cal Water to Golden Empire Affordable Housing was completed this week. The former Cal Water well site will serve residents of the recently completed Park 20th complex in central Bakersfield.
“At Cal Water, we believe in improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Bakersfield District Manager Rudy Valles. “We are grateful for the sacrifices that our veterans have made and also seek to assist residents in need, and we are pleased to be able to give back in a meaningful way with this land donation.”
When completed, the gated space will include a shaded seating and meeting pavilion, a bocce ball and horseshoe court, landscaping, and walking paths with rest areas.
“Thanks to the generosity of Cal Water, services now can be provided in a more neutral and relaxed area for the residents,” said Randy Coats, Executive Director of Golden Empire Affordable Housing. “This should improve the social development and bring back the community spirit to our veterans and other residents.”
“We know this land will make a difference for those who need it most, and we are grateful to partner with an organization like Golden Empire Affordable Housing that does so much good work for our community,” said Valles.
“I would like to thank California Water Service for donating the parcel of land that will make a huge difference in the lives of our homeless,” said Coats.