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Veterans Park
Skate Park
At almost any time of the day, you can catch someone walking, jogging or biking around Veterans Park.  It has been become the hub for those looking to get a little sunshine with their exercise as they travel the two miles that encompasses the park and neighboring restaurants and retail stores.  The park’s 26 acres also boasts a 1.66 mile walking trail that meanders through the various terrains.  The three covered pavilions are constantly reserved for with a children’s party, family reunion or special event come springtime.  The shelter nearest Henderson Avenue is named for the Porterville Breakfast Lions in appreciation of their efforts to help rebuild it.  The shelter on the side of Newcomb Street was sponsored by VFW Post 2001 and constructed by Boy Scout Troop 134 as a part of an Eagle Scout Project spearheaded by Venture Scout Jacob Gwilliam. 

After much debate, Veterans Park beat out Zalud Park and another downtown location to become the home of our skate park.  The unique 15,000 square foot concrete skate park remains a popular attraction for bike, skate and scooter enthusiasts who enjoy the flow course with a half pipe, stairs, ledges and hand rails. 

An important landmark of our City is the remarkable Porterville Area Vietnam War Memorial which is located inside the park.  The design features a granite panel mounted on a cement pedestal that sits in front of a UH1 "Huey" helicopter.  The memorial contains a brief dedication and lists the names of 40 Porterville area men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  Ground was broken on that memorial back in November of 1988 which also marked the official name change to Veterans Park.  The selection of a medevac helicopter for the monument - rather than a statue of a soldier or a fighter jet - was no accident. It has been said that Porterville lost more young men per capita during the Vietnam War than any other town in the United States.  In addition to the memorial, military banners line the lighted trail inside the park honoring individuals inducted into the Military Banner Program that were killed in action.

Amenities:
  • 3 covered pavilions
  • 1 picnic area
  • Paved and lighted trail
  • Skate park
  • Teqball table
  • 1 children's gated and shaded playground
  • Restrooms
1501 W. Henderson Ave., Porterville, CA93257

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