West Side Recreation & Park District
creating memories and providing quality recreation opportunities in the Taft area since 1947

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WSRPD Mission Statement
"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.  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 like services."

Next District Board Meeting
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Recreation Center Activity Room

Click here for September 18, 2014 meeting agenda
Click here for August 21, 2014 meeting minutes

Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act


Mil Potrero
Operation of the Mil Potrero facilities have been released to the Boy Scouts of America.  For information on facility rentals, camping, etc, please contact the Southern Sierra Council at (661) 325-9036.

Camp Condor
Operation of Camp Condor has been released to the Westside Children's Camp Association.  For more information, please contact Charlotte Risi at (661) 449-8209.

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.

“We are pleased to sponsor this grant in support of the West Side Recreation and Park District.  The district has a long-standing tradition of providing a wide range of services for all ages,” says Jeff Dittman, Aera Energy LLC vice president – operations. “With nearly 90% of the families in Taft and surrounding communities participating in its programs, the district is a very important community resource.”  

“How do you put into words the gratitude West Side Recreation & Park District has for Aera Energy LLC and the Kern Community Foundation?  At a time when the economy is suffering and when monies are being withheld or taken away from special districts and schools, Aera Energy LLC and the Kern Community Foundation are going against the grain, contributing to the community on the west side. Aera Energy LLC and the Kern Community Foundation’s commitment to the people on the Westside and the community abroad continue to help change the communities for the better, and on behalf of Don Koenig West Side Recreation & Park District Administrator and the community we are very thrilled and thankful,” says Les Clark, Recreation Supervisor. 

Aera Energy LLC and the Kern Community Foundation’s commitment to the people on the Westside and the community abroad continue to help change communities for the better and West Side Recreation & Park District is extremely grateful for this partnership. With the help of Aera Energy LLC and the Kern Community Foundation our on-going goals continue to thrive in the following ways: 

·         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

Brochures & Activity Flyers

Youth Brochure: 
 * September/October 2014

Senior Activities Flyer: 
 * July/August/September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to our Fire & Ice Competition Cheerleading Squads - both the Orange and Blue teams took 1st place in their divisions in the SHARP International Nationals Competition in Las Vegas on March 9, 2014.  In addition, the program overall was awarded the Grand Master Champions for the entire competition.  Great job Fire & Ice - we are proud of you!

Exciting News!  (9/3/2013)

WSRPD (West Side Recreation Park District) - To partner with the Taft Fox Theater to help ensure its continued operation and add to the recreational opportunities to make sure that the 40k and then some is raised for the Kickstarter - Taft Fox Theater Digital Projection Upgrade happens!

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.

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Attention Class & Program Participants:
Payments made after the specified due date or registrations taking place after the specified deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.  Registration after deadlines is not guaranteed.

**Payment for all activities, classes and programs is due BEFORE the start of the activity (this includes monthly classes).  If no payment has been made, participation will not be allowed.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

8-year old park-enthusiast and local resident, Presley Golling, shares his love of parks:

Games of tag and hide and seek

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.

Sports, program and
other activity photos
can be found online here:

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