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Our Upcoming Events
Come Out and Play the OPR Way
OPR Plays with a Purpose
There is a purpose for our play- play is more than physical activity and bouncing balls.
There is a reason for our play and there are outcomes to be had as well.
Our babies learn when they play, our children are healthier when they play.
Our youth are engaged when they play, our families are unified when they play.
Our communities thrive when we play with a purpose.
We aim to: Expose, Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage Educational Excellence Through Recreational Experiences.
We offer critical quality of life programming in areas of enrichment, cultural arts, prevention and intervention, sports and physical activities, health and wellness, youth violence abatement, and leisure activities for adults, youth, and children. Programs and Camps at recreation centers, pools and parks are part of the efforts to promote health, stem obesity, and encourage civic participation, personal development, and empowerment. We preserve the best of Oakland and connect communities.
America's Children's Parade
2pm on Saturday December 7, 2013
Giant Helium Balloons, Floats, Bands, Performances, and the Office of Parks and Recreation!
Cheer on OPR floats at the America's Children's Parade in downtown Oakland. Parade route and more information available online.
Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt
Experience a unique view of Oakland
Click Here for Details Registration Opens October 15th
Winter Break Day Camps
Join one of the centers below for fun activities during OUSD's Winter Break.
Please contact the center directly for registration information or questions.
|Site||Days of camp||Camp Hours||Age||Contact #||Additional Information||Cost|
|8 am - |
|5 - 13 years of age||(510) |
|No excursions||$20 per day|
|Dimond Recreation Center||December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, January 2 & 3||7:30 a, - 6:30 pm||Kindergarten thru 8th grade||(510) 482-7831||Bring a healthy snack!||$30 per day|
|Franklin Recreation Center|
Week 1 December 23 - 27
Week 2 December 30-January 3
|8 am - 6 pm||5 - 13 years of age||(510) 238-7741|
Closed on Christmas Day (12/25) & New Years Day (1/1/14).
Note: Hours on Tuesday 12/24 (Christmas Eve) & Tuesday 12/31 (New Years Eve) will be from 8 am - 4 pm
Campers must bring lunch each day. We will have games, arts & crafts, movie time, and lots of fun.
|$50 per week|
|Golden Gate Recreation Center|
Week 1 December 23, 24, 26 & 27
Week 2 December 30, 31, January 2, & 3
Week 3 January 6-10
|7:30 am - 6 pm||5 - 13 years of age||(510) 597-5032||We will provide breakfast. Please send lunch|
Week 1 - $60 or $20 drop in
Week 2 - $60 or $20 drop in
Week 3 $75 for the week or $20 drop in
|Inclusion Center at Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center||December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 January 2 & 3||8:30 am - 6 pm||11 - 18 years of age||(510) 615-5980|
Note that December 24 & 31 camp hours are 8:30 am - 2 pm)
Contact Erin Burton or Joy Sledge or email email@example.com
|$100 both weeks|
|Ira Jinkins Recreation Center||December |
23, 26, 27, 30
2 & 3
|5 - 13 years of age||(510) |
$20 per day
|Manzanita Recreation Center|
Week 1 December 23, 24, 26, 27
Week 2 December 30, 31, January 1, 2
|8 am - 6 pm||5 - 12 years of age||(510) 535-5625||Winter Day Camp provides the opportunity for children and youths ages 5-12 to come and have fun by being engaged in holiday activities, sports, cultural enrichment and more.||$60 per week or $25 per day|
|Sheffield Village Recreation Center||December |
23, 24, 30,
2 & 3, 2014
|8 am - |
|3-11 years of age||(510)|
Excursion to movies @ Bay Fair.
Big tots program at Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Fall registration has begun.
The Redwood Heights Recreation Center is excited to announce that we will be continuing our Big Tots program here at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center for the Fall Session.
Big Tots: Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
November - December - $120 (11/5 thru 12/19)
About the Teacher: Lea Felix has worked for the City of Oakland, at Dimond Recreation Center for 8 years as a preschool teacher. She holds a multiple subjects teaching credential for grades Pre-K to 12th. Before her sons were born, she worked for Alameda County as a Teacher for Developmentally delayed toddlers and later on as a special education teacher for a private school in Walnut Creek with grades K-12. Her message to prospective parents: "I really enjoy teaching preschool and I am looking forward to working with your child".
Please register at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center.
Winter 2014 Big Tots: Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
January & February- $140 (1/14 thru 2/27)
March & April- $150 (3/4 - 4/29)
May & June - $110 (5/1 - 6/5)
MOVIES IN THE PARK
at Redwood Heights Recreation Center
See you in the Spring 2014!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 season of Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights Recreation Center.
We showed 13 movies in 6 months (mid April thru mid October) and we had almost 3000 people attend our movies this year.
We look forward to our 2014 movie season.
Please check the Redwood Heights web page, or feel free to call the center, 482-7827.
OPR In The News!
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate Great Egg Hunt
Basketball in Oakland
Director Audree Jones-Taylor Parks & Recreation Magazine Feature
The City of Oakland, Office of Parks & Recreation's Director Audree Jones-Taylor was featured in September 2012 issue of Parks and Recreation magazine’s where she discussed “The New Demographics”. Ms. Jones-Taylor is pictured above at the East Oakland Sports Center pool.
Parks and recreation agencies around the country are finding success by catering programs to the needs of the changing demographics within their diverse communities.
When Audree Jones-Taylor arrived at the Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation as director in 2004, she was ecstatic about the natural resources the California city provided for recreational activities. There was just one problem: The inner-city kids weren’t signing up for its great programs, such as sailing, swimming, and hiking. The solution involved recognition of the particular challenges posed by Oakland’s remarkably diverse population, with a demographic breakdown that includes 27 percent African- American, 26 percent White, 25 percent Hispanic, and 17 percent Asian.
The Gardens at Lake Merritt
An Oasis is thriving right in the middle of downtown Oakland - an inside look at The Gardens at Lake Merritt.