Splash Pad News – January 2006


Please note that this archived edition of the Splash Pad News was retrieved from back-up files. Links that no longer work have been deactivated.


Latest News:

  • There will be a final Tour on Saturday, January 21 to point out the trees that are scheduled for removal as part of the Measure DD improvements to Lake Merritt. Please check out the press release from the City Administrator’s office for more information.
  • Substandard maintenance has been a huge, ongoing problem in the Oakland Parks system. At least part of this problem has been due to inadequate funding. Council Members Jean Quan and Jane Brunner have issued an invitation for a public meeting at the Lakeside Garden Center on Wednesday, January 25 beginning at 7 p.m. to discuss the possibility of going to voters with a new Assessment proposal.
  • If you’re not already receiving Council Member Pat Kernighan’s monthly Newsletter, you might want to check out the January 2006 issue posted on her website: http://www.patkernighan.com/ The Newsletter discusses three concerns that are particularly relevant to Splash Pad Park and the Grand Lake Commercial district:1. In response to numerous complaints about the loss of parking under the freeway, Pat has proposed several options regarding Brent’s Christmas Tree Lot. You can provide input to Pat via email or attend a meeting she’s scheduled for January 30 at 7 p.m. in Barnett Hall adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church.
    2. Pat also discusses Albertson’s closing and is inviting input on your preferences for a new tenant that will best serve the needs of the community.
    3. Finally, her Newsletter includes an update on the Kwik Way Project.
  • Albertson’s closing leaves a big vacuum in the Grand Lake Neighborhood, but also opens up a huge opportunity to better serve this area. Ultimately, the City and we as neighbors can’t pick and choose a tenant, but it may be possible to persuade a specific retailer to pursue the lease. Here’s contact information for some of the retailers being most prominently mentioned:Trader Joe’s: (626) 599-3817
    Andronicos: www.andronicos.com or 510 559-2800
    Rainbow Grocery: www.rainbowgrocery.org 415 863-0620 ext. 607
    Mollie Stones: www.molliestones.com 415 289-5720
    Market Hall: www.rockridgemarkethall.com 510 652-4680
    Elephant Pharmacy: www.elephantpharmacy.com 510 486-2616
    Lunardi’s: http://www.lunardis.com
    If you have other retailers, you’d like added to the above list, please use the contact link below or email us at spnf@sbcglobal.net.
  • The Grand Lake Fall Festival was a huge success. Special thanks to Aimee Allison for coordinating festival planning; to Sylviaette Hill for scheduling the entertainment; to Kim Cardoso for overseeing merchant outreach; to Pat Kernighan’s office and the Lakeshore BID for financial assistance; to the Grand Lake Farmers Market whose cooperation was essential and extra special thanks to Five Grain Graphics on Grand Avenue for designing and printing the poster.
  • Quite a bit of damage was done to the Plaza when the stumps of two date palms were removed. City staff did an admirable job repairing the damage and planting new Queen Palms which were supplied through a donation from the Splash Pad Neighborhood Forum.
  • We’re quite pleased to have Roger Helm back as our Splash Pad gardener and particularly so when he shows up on his own time to assist volunteers working in the park. This was the case on December 10 as we had 9 volunteers who worked most of the morning — weeding, pruning and putting in a ground cover around the new palms. Volunteers included Joan Bricker, Charles Hahn, Ken Katz, Natalie Petty, Jeff Sobul, Orr Kahey, David and Susan Elliott.
  • There is a major article entitled “The Peace Maker” about Walter Hood in the August/September 2005 issue of Metropolis Magazine. Much of the article is about the landscaping Walter designed for the new de Young Museum, but there are several photos of our own Splash Pad Park and a respectable amount of text including the following:
  • The fact that homeless individuals were occasionally sleeping in the park, pan-handling at the Farmers’ Market and frequently using the park’s planting beds as an open-air bathroom was one factor in the Grand Lake NCPC’s scheduling of a town hall meeting on May 2 to discuss possible solutions. Panelists included representatives from the Oakland Police Department, City and County Agencies, and private non-profits. A summary of that meeting, including a list of actions that a community task force wants to undertake, is available on this link . The homeless Task Force had two subsequent meetings and at least partly as a result of our efforts, the City sponsored a Homeless Resources Fair in November 2005 that provided services to approximately 150 people.
  • Miron Murcury, a long-time fixture in the Grand Lake Neighborhood, was profiled recently in an Oakland Tribune article about the release of his CD-ROM documenting the architecture and history of the Grand Lake Theatre. The press release announcing the publication of Miron’s CD is available on this link.
  • Thank-you to OaklandConnection.com for providing a link to Splash Pad Park and the Farmers’ Market on their very colorful and informative site.
  • The March 2005 issue of Oakland City Magazine had a very complimentary article about Splash Pad Park with some great photos, as well. Thank you to the editors and to Jeff Sobul who contributed to the article for the very welcome publicity.