Audree V. Jones-Taylor
- ADA Inclusion Center
- Adult Sports & Enrichment
- Community Gardening
- Cultural Arts Programs
- Discovery Centers
- Dog Play Areas
- Joaquin Miller Park
- Lake Merritt
- Oakland City Stables
- Recreation Centers & Facilities
- Rental Facilities
- Rotary Nature Center
- Sponsors & Partners
- Youth Sports
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.
Spring Break Day Camps
The week of April 14-18 is the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Spring Break. Join the fun at one of our day camps at the following recreation centers.
|Center||Dates||Age||Fee||Additional Information ||Contact|
|ADA Teen Inclusion at Arroyo Viejo||April |
14 - 18
|11-18 years of age|
$100 full day
$50 half day
|Make friends and play in a safe and welcoming environment. Programs lead by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Special excursion to be announced.||Erin Burton(510)|
|East Oakland Sports Center||April |
|8 - 18 years of age||$150 / $200|
$150 Oakland resident / $182 non resident (early registration).
$200 Oakland resident / $260 non-resident (after April 1)
Participants will take part in a variety of activities such as: Arts & crafts, swim time at our indoor water park, dance classes (Modern, Contemporary, Technique, Tumbling, Hip Hop & more).
|Franklin Recreation Center||April 14-18||5 -13 years of age||$60 for the week|
Spring the med arts & crafts, indoor & outdoor group games, table games, board games and more. Camp Hours 8am - 6pm. Pack a lunch daily, snack will be provided.
Excursion to Temescal Park on Tuesday April 15.
|Ira Jenkins Recreation Center|| April |
|5-16 years of age||$25 for the week + excursion trip cost|
A day camp full of fun activities for youth ages 5 to 12 years old. Expect to splash at the indoor water park, boat on Lake Merritt and take in a movie. Breakfast will be provided.
Counselor In Training camp offered to teens age 13-16
Camp Hours 7:30am - 6pm. Fee: $25 plus excursion costs.
|Manzanita Recreation Center||April 14-18||5-12 years of age||$65 for the week or $20 per day|
Early registration fee of $60 for the week. Registration & payment must be received by April 4 for early registration.
Excursion fees are $20-$25 additional
|Outdoor Adventures with Rainbow Recreation Center||April 14-18, 2014||9-16 years of age||$20 for the week|
If interested, please contact Rainbow Recreation Center.
Outdoor Adventures will pick up youth at Rainbow at 12:30 pm for the excursions each day and return them to Rainbow by 5:30 pm
Monday & Tuesday - boating and water safety session at Fremont pool with kayaks.
Wednesday & Thursday - kayaking at Lake Merritt Boating Center to utilize the skills they have learned.
Friday - kayaking on the Oakland Estuary at Jack London Aquatics Center
|Willie Keyes Recreation Center / Poplar Park||April |
|5-12 years of age||$40 for the week or $15 per day drop in|
8 am - 6 pm
Come and Spring into Fun at Willie Keys Spring Camp. We will have lots of fun exciting activities such as; arts and crafts, gardening, sports, sewing and cooking classes. So come and pick up your keys to fun! Do not miss out. Keys go fast!
Excursions: Boomers, Oakland Museum & movies
Lifeguard Training Course
April 14 - 18, 2014 at Temescal Pool
15 years old (by course completion date)
300 yards of continuous swimming in prescribed order
Recover 10lb. object from 7 – 10 ft. of water in 1min 40sec
Tread water for 2 minutes with hands out of water
Cost :$190 Oakland Residents $225 Non-Residents
(includes textbook & pocket mask)
Daily April 14-18, 10am-6pm at Temescal Pool
Celebrate the Season with OPR Spring Egg Hunts
Continuing through April, the Oakland Parks & Recreation Department (OPR) is hosting various Spring Egg Hunt events at participating recreation centers. Participants will enjoy candy, jellybeans, chocolate eggs and egg hunting fun. For more information, please contact the recreation center of your choice directly.
Saturday, April 12
oon - 5:00 p.m., Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Avenue, (510) 615-5959
Friday, April 18
12:00 - 3:00 pm., Willie Keyes Recreation Center, 3131 Union Street, (510) 597-5042
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 62nd Street, (510) 597-5032
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 22nd Avenue, (510) 535-5625
Saturday, April 19
9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sheffield Village Recreation Center, 247 Marlow Drive, (510) 638-7190
11:00 - 11:30 a.m., Carmen Flores Recreation Center, 1637 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 535-5631
Noon – 2:00 p.m., Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Aveunue, (510) 615-5755
Noon - 3:00 p.m., Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, (510) 615-5555
Noon - 3:00 p.m., Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 975 85th Avenue, (510) 615-5764
1:00 – 4:00 p.m., San Antonio Recreation Center, 1701 East 19th Street, (510) 535-5608
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Mosswood Recreation Center, 3612 Webster Street, (510) 597-5038
Celebrate Oakland's Dog Friendly Parks
WHEN: Saturday, April 19th, 2-4pm
WHERE: Estuary Park (behind Jack London Aquatic Center / 115 Embarcadero)
WHAT: Celebrating Oakland’s new dog friendly rules allowing dogs in certain park.
Please bring any gently used (or new) items to donate to the Oakland Animal Services.
Refreshments Served. Dogs allowed off-leas
For more information click here.
Oakland Parks & Recreation Spring Bowling League
Sign up now! Come out and Play the OPR Way! Adult Sports Bowling League registration for Spring 2014 is now open.
Location: Southshore Lanes in Alameda.
League meets each Wednesday night beginning April 23 thru May 24, 2014.
Bowling league fees: $120 includes the registration fees, shoes, ball-shirt, winning league trophy, end of league celebration.
For more registration details, contact Renee Tucker 510-238-2952
Registration activity number -75846.102
National Public Parks Tennis Championship
Registration now OPEN
Coming to Northern California for the first time in its 88-year history, the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation invites you to join us for this prestigious national tennis tournament.
August 16-24, 2014 Sites include Davie Tennis Stadium, Mills College, Merritt College and College of Alameda.
For more information and to register click here.
MOVIES IN THE PARK 2014
at Redwood Heights Recreation Center
We are Back!
The 2014 Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights Recreation Center will begin Friday April 25 (please note change of date). Please check the Redwood Heights web page, or feel free to call the center, 482-7827 for more information.
Big tots program at Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Registration for March & April classes have 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 Winter Session.
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 & Spring 2014 Big Tots: Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
March & April- $150 (3/4 - 4/29)
May & June - $110 (5/1 - 6/5)
OPR In The News!
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate Great Egg Hunt
Hoops & Health Clinic at Ira Jinkins Recreation Center
On Monday, January 13, Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined healthcare consortium Kaiser Permanente to host a Hoops & Health Clinic for 200 students at the Ira Jinkins Recreation Center....read more and watch the video
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.