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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 – June 2020

Editor’s Note: We are simultaneously thrilled and humbled to announce that the author of this month’s lead article, C. J. Hirschfield, has agreed to become a regular Splash Pad News contributor. Many of you may know C. J. as the recently retired director of Children’s Fairyland, a beloved institution whose transformation she spearheaded over a period […]

Splash Pad News – May 2020

Editor’s Note: We are absolutely delighted this month to be sharing content submitted by eight different individuals writing from their own unique perspectives. Most relate directly to the impact and responses to the Corona Virus pandemic. Our lead story, however,  is a proposal for a food court at the corner of Lakeshore and MacArthur in the […]

Splash Pad News – April 2020

GIVING THANKS IN A TIME OF CRISIS by Ken Katz For the past two weeks, this has been my window to the world, as my wife and I (both in our seventies) have sheltered in place. Although inconvenienced and more than a bit anxious, we are grateful for so much, particularly in comparison to the […]