Hundreds of Earlimart residents gathered Sunday afternoon on December 3 to celebrate the grand opening of the community’s new neighborhood park.
“This park is a welcomed addition to the community,” stated Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel who represents Earlimart. “Residents have long desired a neighborhood park that provides a safe place for kids and families to gather, and I believe this park will provide just that in offering activities for all ages.”
The new park is complete with football and soccer fields, two convertible basketball and volleyball courts, a state of the art playground, BBQ picnic tables, an event stage, and gathering areas. In addition, the new Earlimart Park encompasses drought tolerant landscaping, interpretive signing, and a demonstration area for sustainable storm water retention.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors and Earlimart School District partnered together to obtain state park funding to construct Earlimart Neighborhood Park using $2.2 million Prop. 84 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency though California State Parks.
The 3.5 acre park will provide a local recreational area for the community of Earlimart and serve as a focal point for the small rural community. It will also provide a much needed play space and learning area for students of the Earlimart School District.