Visalia’s newest neighborhood park celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, November 10, 2012. At 10:00 a.m., the sun was shining bright as Kiwanis Park was greeted by over 300 enthusiastic citizens. Located on Tulare Ave. and McAuliff, local Visalia Kiwanians provided lunch, activities and bounce houses were available for our youngest residents, and music played as Parky met with all of the guests in attendance.
The 3.0 acre park features a beautiful sheltered playground with play equipment for both younger and older children. With a small shade shelter for parties that features a BBQ, Kiwanis Park also features a half-court basketball court, open turf area for active play, a sidewalk that loops around the park for walking enthusiasts, a skate feature, and lots of trees with drought tolerant landscaping.
“This is a beautiful park nestled in this growing community,” said Amy Shuklian, Mayor, City of Visalia. “Kiwanis Park is an investment in this neighborhood, our community and our youth.”
In addition to Kiwanis Park, the 12.0 acre City owned parcel includes the 9.0 acre ponding basin which is for storm water retention and water recharge purposes. As part of the project, the basin was reconfigured to increase storage capacity, and was improved to include a new storm water pump and a lift station.
With improvements such as curb, gutter, sidewalk and lighting, Tulare Avenue (adjacent to the park) also saw construction as Kiwanis Park was built. Kiwanis Park features an oak tree theme that blends nicely with the backdrop of nature.
Adjacent to Packwood Creek, Kiwanis Park was constructed by Construction Development Systems (CDS) of Fresno, for a total of $1,713,400.00. Storm funds and park impact fees were key in funding the development and construction of Kiwanis Park.
Now open as Visalia’s newest park, Kiwanis Park is open for the neighborhood and open for fun.