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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 – August 2020

Salsa By The Lake by C.J.Hirschfield You really could call communications/public affairs professional Isaac Kos-Reed the ultimate Lake Merritt lover. He lives on its shore and, for 13 years, he’s been dancing by it. And now? He’s taken a sworn oath to protect it. But the current weekend craziness at his beloved Lake threatens to […]

Splash Pad News – July 2020

Editor’s Note:  As a sign of the times our July edition is reporting on more somber issues than is typically the case but this is also in keeping with our initial efforts to become less of a blog and more news oriented. Over time, you should be seeing fewer “I’s” and hopefully more bylines. You […]

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 […]