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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.

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From Vietnam to the Land of Opportunity

by Marcia Lam I was born in North Vietnam. In February 1978, as property was being confiscated and relations with China were deteriorating, my parents (like thousands of other ethnic Chinese) decided to leave with their four kids (ages 8, 6, 4, and 2) plus one in my mom’s tummy. We were accompanied by my […]

The Bookmark Bookstore Now Open for Shopping by Appointment

by Sheila McCormick   The Bookmark Bookstore is operated by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library and all proceeds help the library. The store (at 721 Washington, in Old Oakland) has had an on-line Virtual Bookstore  for a few months, and storefront pickup for your purchases, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 11-2. But […]