Shafter Parks and Facilities

The City of Shafter has six parks totaling over 30 acres for our local residents to use. For more information on reserving a portion of a park for special occasions (birthdays, family reunions, etc.), please contact the Public Works Department at 661-746-5002.

The City of Shafter also has the Veterans Building Facility available for commercial and/or private events. For information on reserving the Veterans Building, please contact the Public Works Department at 661-746-5002. View the Veterans Building Facility Page for more information.

Mannel Park
Mannel Park is located on Mannel Avenue between Lerdo Highway and Tulare Avenue. One of the County of Kern's oldest recreational parks, Mannel Park features tall shade trees, several picnic areas, children's playground equipment, a gazebo for special events, decorative site lighting, and lots of open green areas. Mannel Park is an ideal spot for family gatherings or special events. View the Mannel Park Reservation Map.

Kirschenmann Park
Kirschenmann Park is located north of Euclid Avenue just west of Central Valley Highway (State Highway 43). Kirschenmann Park features a large baseball field complete with sports lighting for night events, an announcer's box, and snack bar areas. There are plenty of green areas and shade trees along the left and right foul ball lines.

Stringham Park
Stringham Park is located at James Street and Lerdo Highway. Stringham Park features green areas, a playground, and picnic areas.

Rodriguez Park
Rodriguez Park is located on the north side of Los Angeles Avenue approximately one quarter mile west of Shafter Avenue. Rodriguez Park features two playground areas, restroom facilities, lighted basketball courts, picnic areas, a large fenced area for soccer, and decorative site lighting.

Town Square
The Town Square is located at Central Avenue and James Street. The Town Square features shade trees, water fountain, a stage for special events such as concerts and weddings, decorative site lighting, and lots of open green areas. 

Veterans Park
Veterans Park is located at the intersection of Schnaidt Street and Los Angeles Avenue. This newly constructed park offers open grass areas and restroom facilities. Future additions to Veterans Park that are planned and funded include a playground, landscape enhancements, and picnic facilities. View the Veterans Park Resrvation Map.

Park Reservations, Permits, and Guidelines
  • Park use is on a first-come, first-served basis, unless a portion of the park has been reserved which is highly recommended during weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained by filing an application at City Hall and paying a $10 per hour fee for a 2 hour minimum or $30 for a maximum of 4 hours to reserve certain areas of the parks. View the Application for Park Use Permit
  • The application fee for Sports Fields is $20 per half day and $10 per hour for lighting.
  • The use of amplified sound is only permissible by special permit only which generally required city council approval. Apply at least three weeks in advance of your event. Download the Application for Special Events Permit.
  • Bounce houses are permissible by city permit. Access to electricity is limited so be sure bring a generator.
    You must reserve a bounce house from a company registered with the city. Liability insurance is required. Insurance certificate must read as follows: Additional Insured: City of Shafter, its Officers, Employees, City Council members, Agents, Boards and Commissions. 
  • Outdoor weddings can be held at our parks.
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Dogs are allowed with a leash and must be controlled by the owner at all times.
  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Guns are prohibited.
  • Barbecuing is allowed using grills fueled by charcoal briquettes, propane, pellets, and other means approved by the city.