Prior to 2012, this area was a park used as a gathering place for the homeless and drug trafficking. There was a dirt-lined canal that ran through it. As part of a downtown rejuvenation program, the canal was reworked to include ponds, bridges, paved sidewalks, fountains and street lighting. A crackdown on homeless and drug trafficking also followed. Restaurants modified their structures to include outside eating adjacent to the current park and, eventually, a US District Court was built. All in all, a huge improvement over early years.
The only thing that hasn't changed is the duck vandalism. The ducks aren't happy with just the reworked canal and ponds, so, occasionally they break off sprinkler heads to create more temporary ponds. Of course, the ducks point the finger at the geese, but, we all know it's the ducks!
Mill Creek, Bakersfield, California 2012
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