West Side Recreation & Park District
creating memories and providing quality recreation opportunities in the Taft area since 1947
West Side Recreation and Park District Receives $100,000 to Boost Community Programs and Underwrite New Gymnasium
TAFT, CA - The West Side Recreation and Park District (WSRPD) is pleased to announce a $100,000 grant from the Aera Energy Fund of the Kern Community Foundation. The funds will help underwrite construction costs for the gymnasium under construction at the district’s new recreational center and provide additional funding for the district’s S.T.O.P. Program, which provides scholarships to assist local families with fees associated with participation in WSRPD programs. The new gym will be called the Aera Energy Gymnasium.
· Providing recreation experiences to individuals, families and communities
· Fostering human development
· Promoting health and wellness
· Increasing cultural unity
· Facilitating community problem solving
· Strengthening safety and security
· Strengthening community image and sense of place
· Supporting the local economy
· Working with and helping all organizations on the West Side· Developing partnerships for a solid
The Westside was built because of the oil industry and continues to thrive because of the industry’s on-going support.
About West Side Recreation & Park District
West Side Recreation & Park District has been serving the city of Taft and the surrounding areas for over 60 years. During the course of our existence, we have provided a well-rounded, wholesome program of leisure time activities for people residing in the District. Our District encompasses over 407 square miles.
About Aera Energy
Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest oil producers, accounting for 25% of the state’s production. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of Aera’s production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. In the Taft area, the company is active in the Midway Sunset field. Aera also has operations in the L.A. Basin and in Monterey and Ventura Counties. Aera and its employees have a deep-rooted tradition of community involvement. The Aera Energy Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Kern Community Foundation. For more information about Aera, please visit www.aeranergy.com.
About the Kern Community Foundation
Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise created by and for the people of Kern County with a powerfully simple mission – growing community and growing philanthropy. Established in 1999, the Foundation is home to more than 90 charitable funds with assets of $14 million, and has awarded more than $7 million in grants. Learn more at www.kernfoundation.org
There are a lot of exciting details to come out of this and it will be a win/win for The Taft Fox Theater/WSRPD but most importantly this is a win for Taft and the West Side.
Birthday parties, hunting eggs
Football practice and soccer too
There are always lots of things to do.
Parks are the best place to run and play,
Fun with friends on a sunny day.
Lay on the grass and watch the clouds
as they form into different shapes.
See the elephant, there's a boat
now sit back and watch them float.
Without parks life would be sad
Taft has some great ones and I am glad.