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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 2019

All the News That Fits GRAND AVENUE Boot and Shoe was the subject of a major article in the San Francisco Chronicle by Janelle Bitker on July 10. While the headline was about owners Jen Cremer and Richard Clark  changing the restaurant name to “Sister” (following the example of Rico Rivera who renamed Penrose, Almond & Oak), […]

Splash Pad News – July 2019

All the News That Fits EDITOR’S NOTE A hearty welcome to everyone who subscribed in the past month, with a special shout-out to Jack and Kim, my new next-door neighbors. FYI: I told them we’re lucky to live in such a great neighborhood where people are actively involved and there’s a real sense of community.  […]

Splash Pad News – June 2019

All the News That Fits GRAND AVENUE Grand Avenue businesses fared quite well  in Oakland Magazine‘s annual Best Of the East Bay competition, walking away with nine awards, including two for restaurants on the Adams Point side of the freeway and also counting Zachary’s Pizza, which hasn’t yet opened in the vacant Camino space. Congratulations […]