A picnic in the park is a perfect way to spend a day, and Kearney Park in Fresno offers all the fun of a standard park with a bonus: a unique museum experience.
Kearney Park is a great place for a small family picnic, with plenty of room and a playground for the kids. For larger groups, reserve one of the park’s 11 picnic shelters for a fun get-together.
For sports lovers, the park provides two baseball fields and two soccer fields, perfect for team sports or a friendly family competition. The park also has two dance slabs for your group, as well as two horseshoe pits to test your skill.
The Kearney Mansion Museum offers an added bonus to the park experience, with one main mansion and a detached servant’s quarters, both dating from the early 1900’s.
The charming Victorian buildings were constructed in the French Renaissance style, with an adobe brick base covered with picturesque details reminiscent of the elaborate structures of that era.
The interiors boast the same Victorian details, including ornate trim, moldings, fireplaces and railings. Colorful wallpapers in the main residence were imported from France. Fifty percent of the original furnishings are intact, with the rest filled with historic replicas for an accurate depiction of the period.
The original owner, Martin Theodore Kearney, did not intend to live in the main house, but instead envisioned it as part of a larger complex. However, the large, ornate main building was never constructed, and Kearney lived in the mansion that he intended to be a caretaker’s home.
Kearney’s career helped develop the agricultural industry in Fresno County and the state of California.
The surrounding park that we now enjoy was designed as part of the complex by Rudolph Ulrich, a landscape architect from New York. Kearney built out the park over 14 years, and at one point it possibly had more species of plants than any area of the same size in the United States.
It has been called the most beautiful park on the west coast, and today we enjoy it as an aesthetic and recreational treasure.
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