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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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Emily Erickson: Researching Monarch Migration Mysteries

by Sarah Van Roo Wandering the trails and sidewalks of Oakland with a butterfly net over her shoulder, Emily Erickson is clocking about 60 miles a month in search of elusive monarch butterflies. After completing her Entomology doctorate at Penn State, Emily returned to her native California as a post-doctoral researcher on a UC Davis project […]

Odds and Ends – June 2023

A couple of weeks ago, Dhon Dup Gift Shop opened in the Urban Indigo Space. It’s a Tibetan Gift Shop with a Dalai Lama tapestry that hovers over a large selection of Bali silver jewelry and, very colorful natural fabric clothing. Upstairs you’ll find a wide variety of Tibetan Singing Bowls. It’s a great addition […]

Grand Avenue Merchant News – June 2023

by Ken Katz The future of the Grand Avenue business district is continuing to look brighter than ever with folks starting to turn out for special events in pre-pandemic numbers. To cite one example, last Tuesday I popped into the Alley to order their Special Steak Dinner––pricier than it used to be, but still a […]