North of Downtown and across from the University of El Paso Texas, Kern Place is home to historic and unique homes. Compared to other parts of town, Kern Place homes are unique in design, some having been built by the residents themselves. Kern is believed to be the city’s first suburb community and is recognized today for its manicured lawns, flourishing parks, coffee shops and a thriving entertainment district. Kern Place is popular with college and university students.
It was founded by Peter Kern, a promoter, a businessman, a philosopher and a traveler, and is named after him. Kern first came to El Paso in 1881 when he was in his early twenties. He saw El Paso as a growing city with great potential in the newly arrived railroad. The neighborhood also contains the Cincinnati Entertainment District, Madeline Park, Althea Park and the Billy Rogers Arroyo Park & Nature Preserve. It also boasts the best views of city from Scenic Drive and Rim Road.
Kern Place contains Cincinnati Street a small bar and nightlife district. Next to this Entertainment District are locally-owned shops which are ideal for those looking to find something out-of-the-ordinary.The cross-street is Mesa located directly across from the University of Texas at El Paso. This environment has a mix of what a big city nightlife scene should provide except it’s scaled down. Young men and women make up the majority of the crowds who stop in between classes or after work. Because of the district’s growing popularity, finding a good parking spot on the weekends in the evening can be difficult, if not impossible.
Named after Peter Kern’s estranged daughter Madeline, the park is located off of Kern Drive and Baltimore Drive and is recognized as one of the city’s best parks.The many improvements such as new playground equipment, a resurfaced tennis court, and a gazebo have increased park activity and events, including annual picnics, Music in the Park and more.
This modest park is located at the corner of Stanton and Stockwell Streets. It features beautiful desert landscaping designed by Wynn Anderson, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Botanical Gardens at the University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Museum.An eyesore for many years, Alethea Park received a facelift in 2006. The park now includes a small parking lot and a large grass field surrounded by trees, making it a great place for impromptu soccer and baseball games and weekend dog park gatherings.
Billy Rogers Arroyo
The large park is named after Billy Rogers who was a long-time conservation advocate of El Paso arroyos and open spaces, and was instrumental in making the arroyo an official city park. The city named the park after him in 2007 a year after his death. The rock structures commemorate Rogers and identify that the park is purposely designed to be unobtrusive to the surroundings.
Crazy Cat Mountain
Along the Kern Place eastern border is Crazy Cat Mountain. Recognized by bikers, runners and hikers for its desert trails with challenging routes and amazing vistas. Crazy Cat is said to be a huge block of limestone that once existed higher along the Franklin Mountains, but slid down.Mountain bikers and runners can start at Rim Road and Robinson Avenue to explore the beauty of the Franklin Mountains.