A recent WalletHub study named Bakersfield the third worst city for an active lifestyle. Comparing 100 of the most populated cities in the country, the study looked at factors across two dimensions: "Budget & Participation" and "Sports & Outdoors." Bakersfield ranked 90 and 100 in those, respectively, bringing the city's overall score to 98 out of 100.
But on a nice Sunday afternoon in January, a clear and cool day following rain the previous evening, The Park at River Walk was bustling. Kids played in the playground, a handful of people fished and bicyclists, runners and walkers alike took to the path for some exercise. Not quite the picture of the third worst city for an active lifestyle.