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Time marches on

Fondly referred to as ‘downtown’s park’, this quaint neighborhood site is just across from City Hall on Main Street.  It was dedicated back in 2005 and the local Rotary Clubs and a few other sponsors quickly worked to add the gazebo and stage in honor of Homer Wood.  In 2008 an 18-foot-tall four-dial Howard post clock was placed in the park on the corner of Main Street and Cleveland Avenue.  The clock was a vision of the late Frank ‘Buck’ Shaffer, Porterville’s musical icon and former band director of Porterville High School.  The project was carried out as an endeavor by a committee in his honor.  Another remarkable feature of the park is the grand ‘Marching Through Time’ mural.  The Porterville Mural Committee, in association with the Time Marches On Committee, developed the mural which depicts a chronology of the rich history of bands in our community beginning in 1902, which coincidentally is also the year that the City was incorporated.  The free standing mural, composed of 20 panels, each one measuring 5 feet by 10 feet, was painted by Glen Hill of Three Rivers.  The back of the mural depicts a snow capped Sierra Nevada, the foothills and musical notes, bearing the name and years of supporting former and current band members, floating to the sky.  The Committee also was instrumental in the benches surrounding the park and in front of City Hall.  Centennial Park is the perfect location for the mural and clock as it is in the heart of downtown where local bands have marched down Main Street for years delighting parade crowds and creating memories. 

  • Gazebo Stage Area
  • 'Marching Through Time' Mural

296 N. Main St., Porterville, CA93257

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