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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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Splashpad News – February 2024

Welcome to February in the Grand Lake Neighborhood. Our little newsletter has a new publisher but its goal remains the same — to build and support community and to provide information about the activities and policies that impact us. Please consider joining the (volunteer) production team and send us your ideas — we truly want […]

New publisher; same great product!

By Debra Chaplan When long-time publisher of the Splashpad News, Ken Katz, put the word out that he wanted someone else to take over the project, I didn’t immediately jump in, even though I’m recently retired and have the time and the skills. By way of quick background, I wrote, edited, and produced newspapers and […]

Grand Avenue Merchant News – February 2024

by Ken Katz I went knocking on Grand Avenue shop doors on January 21, accompanied by Susi Vogler, a new member of the Splash Pad News team, not knowing that we were in for far more surprises than we could have ever anticipated. Smitty’s Atop that list was Smitty’s Cocktails which closed at the start […]