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Splash Pad Park & Splash Pad Newsletter

This website is primarily about Splash Pad Park in Oakland – its history and the role it currently plays as the centerpiece of a large, very diverse, incredibly vibrant urban community. The most important and dynamic component of the site, however, is the Splash Pad News, which has gradually shifted its focus, over time, to cover the park’s surrounding neighborhoods. This monthly online publication helps keep its readership informed; supports locally owned businesses; and encourages volunteer participation and involvement in decisions that affect our community.

Latest Updates

Farmers Market Update – August 2022

by Dan Foster AIM CEO, Andy Naja-Riese, was the Guest Speaker at the Oakland Rotary Club’s Civic Thursday meeting last week. Topics covered included the challenges facing farm operators particularly in the face of the pandemic and global warming; AIM’s efforts to support farms and food preparers who are from minority communities; the Grand Lake […]

Splash Pad Park Update – August 2022

We’re thrilled to report that a Public Works crew completed the re-installation of the Ipe decking in the Splash Pad Plaza on Thursday. That said, some additional work will be needed to resolve a major tripping hazard where a section of the adjacent concrete has lifted — most likely due to roots from the nearby […]

Odds and Ends – August 2022

What Happened to Norman Needn’t Be Normal, the article I wrote for the October 2021 Splash Pad News, discussed the current state of affairs in which it’s nearly impossible to get medical assistance for people who are severely mentally ill, and clearly unable to care themselves. Governor Newsom’s proposal designed “to prod mentally ill homeless […]