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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.

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Splash Pad News – February 2020

All the News That Fits GRAND AVENUE I hadn’t visited Aisle 5 in a while and, when I did so this past Thursday, I was delighted to find that they had moved their brewery out of a backroom and into a corner of the dining area. I was even more delighted to meet their brewmaster, […]

Splash Pad News – January 2020

All the News That Fits Editor’s Note: Sending our very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year… GRAND AVENUE Wild Rabbit Bakery (3249 Grand Avenue) opened very quietly on December 17 – many months after we first reported that a bakery was returning to this stretch of Grand Avenue. Let me note that […]

Splash Pad News – December 2019

All the News That Fits Editor’s Note: As the New Year approaches, I’d be remiss if I failed to mention that 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the very first meeting of the Splash Pad Neighborhood Forum in what is now Walden Pond’s Rare Book Room. Back then, no one (especially me) could envision that […]