by Ken Katz –
Splash Pad Park has been mostly dark for the past several years and we are absolutely delighted to be sharing a few photos of what it looks like once again fully illuminated – only more so. Everything has been upgraded to LED which is brighter, longer-lasting and more energy-efficient. The Name in Lights light source has been replaced along with the spotlights in the fountain and under the palms on the corner. A Luminaire light pole that was destroyed in an accident years ago has been replaced and four new light poles have been added in place of the light bollards that kept falling over.
There were a number of individuals who made this possible beginning with Councilmember Nikki Fortunao Bas who came up with the initial $35,000 in funding from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The construction was supervised by Craig Pon, a City of Oakland Capital Improvement Project Coordinator who was able to access an additional $90,000 from Minor Capital Improvement Project funds. Martin Tovar, the Maintenance and Construction Supervisor for the City of Oakland also played an essential role in facilitating this project.
As an aside, Martin had also scheduled repairs to the badly damaged decking in the plaza but that’s been postponed until early next year.