Parks and Recreation

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The Bishop City Park is located in the center of downtown Bishop, consisting of 44 acres. The park is a combination of passive and active areas including a community garden, an arboretum, a pond, (2) gazebos and a dog park. Also, (4) baseball fields, (2) children’s play structures, (4) tennis courts, a public pool, an outdoor fitness center and a bocce court.

The Bishop City Park is maintained by the Community Services Department.  The Department consists of three full time and thirty part-time employees. The team also consists of 100 “Friends of the Park” volunteers, all under the direction of the City Administrator/Community Services Director, a Program and a Facility Director and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

All strive to offer and promote recreational, educational and volunteer opportunities in a fun, safe, well maintained environment to persons of all ages. Thereby, promoting good health, teamwork and accentuating a positive quality of life.

The Community Services Department offers over 65 programs and events, throughout the year, for people of all ages and abilities.

Programs

Adult – Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Self Defense, Cardio-Fitness, Swim Lessons, Water Aerobics, Tennis, Dog Obedience, Art, Bocce, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Winter Tennis Socials

Children – Self Defense, Tennis, Gymnastics, Art, Swim Team, Swim Lessons, Home Street Ski Program, 4H Bike Program, Kids Night Out, Movies in the Park, Dive in Movies, Holiday Craft Extravaganza, Little League and AYSO Soccer tournaments, Children’s day of the Art’s, and summer camps.

Events
Mule Days and Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, Community Band Concerts, Trunk or Treat, Farmer’s Market, Softball Tournaments, Tennis Tournaments, Weddings, Pavilion Rentals, Rainbow Days, Big Day in the Park (4th of July), Eggstravaganza, Skate and Bike Jam, Lighting of the New Children’s Christmas Tree, Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas Parade, Doggy Dash Fundraiser, Arbor Day, Triathlon, Bishop Invitational, and Twilight Swim Meet.

Camps

Summer Fun, Park Utopia, Red, White and Blue camp, Gamer Baseball, BUHS Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Challenger Sports, Fish Camp, Bronco Football Camp.

The Community Services Department has collaborated with the following committees, work groups and organizations to help achieve the master plan and make these programs possible; Community Garden Committee, Continuation of the Tree Forum, Inyo County Collation on Youth Obesity, AYSO, Bishop Little League, National Association of Youth Sports, California Parks and Recreation Society, Youth Sports Council and Bishop and Mammoth High Schools.

The Community Services Department is always moving forward, open to new ideas and working towards the implementation of the master plan and creating the best recreational activities possible.

In the past year we have completed two major projects in the park. One is the dog park. The goal of the dog park was to create a well-maintained, fenced, off-leash area where well-behaved canines and their owners can exercise and play. The development of the dog park has been in stages, culminating in a park that includes benches, trees, play equipment and shade structures. The mission is to promote education, training and recreational activities that promote and foster responsible dog ownership. http://www.bishopdogpark.org/

The second project was an outdoor fitness center. This project was a joint effort with the Toiyabe Indian Health Project. It consists of a 14 piece outdoor fitness center, shade structure, benches, and a drinking fountain.

The City is always open to new ideas. If you can instruct a class, but don’t have the space or know how to get it started, or want to volunteer, please feel free to contact the Community Services Department at 760-873-5863.