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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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A Grand Lake Shopping District SOS

How to Shop Responsibly The Lakeshore Business Improvement District and the Splash Pad News are doing what we can to direct you to nearby food sources while also assisting the locally-owned neighborhood businesses we value so highly. Many have already been skating on thin ice due to a multitude of challenges. The COVID-19 virus now represents […]

Splash Pad News – March 2020

All the News That Fits GRAND AVENUE Last month, we reported on Aisle 5’s brewery operations but failed to mention one specific concern shared by their brewmaster, Karl Bauermeister. Namely, they’re having to dispose of approximately 300 pounds of spent grain (typically barley) every week and, for the time being, that means paying to have it […]

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, […]