Audree V. Jones-Taylor
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 out 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.
Love Our Lake Day
June 9th / 11am - 4pm
Explore your lake with discounted boat rentals at the Lake Merritt Boaitng Center, live entertainment, food trucks, open streets, and a 2pm dedication ceremony of Lake Merritt Boulevard. Click here for event details.
Girls Sports Days
Sat., May 18, 2013 @ East Oakland Sports Center from 2-5pm
Sat., June 15, 2013 @ Mosswood Recreation Center from 10-2pm
(Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Double-Dutch, Cheer/Dance)
For more information please contact Coach Love at (510) 535-5608 or via email at email@example.com.
The Great American Backyard Campout
Saturday June 22 - Sunday June 23, 2013
2 pm Saturday to 10 am Sunday - Joaquin Miller Park
Join the Office of Parks & Recreation for our annual "Great American Backyard Campout" at Joaquin Miller Park. Experience Fun, family activities in the great outdoors!
- $10 per person
- $25 per family (4 or less)
- $5 each additional family member
- $50 Organizational up to 10 participants
Fee includes dinner, camp snacks and continental breakfast. Families will be responsible for bringing their own camp equipment. No radios, TV's, computers, pets or kerosene lamps will be permitted.
Organizational applicants must call Dante Watson or Stephanie Benavidez.
For more information contact Donte Watson at 510-867-4142.
For special needs diets, contact Stephane Benavidez at 510-867-0669 or 510-238-3739.
Register online - Activity # 92336.101
MOVIES IN THE PARK 2013
at Redwood Heights Recreation Center
Our next movie is Friday May 17, 2013 and we will be showing "Grease" PG 110 minutes.
Sunset is at 8:14 pm that night and the movie will begin around that time.
Please check the Redwood Heights web page, or feel free to call the center, 482-7827, to confirm if the movie is going to happen or not. Movies will be cancelled if the weather looks like rain or high winds. We will keep the Redwood Heights website up to date as best we can.
July is National Parks and Recreation Month
Play Day in the Plaza is Friday, June 28!
Since 1985, Americans have celebrated national Park and Recreation Month during the month of July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in the U.S.
Oakland Parks and Recreation centers will be hosting open house events throughout the month of July, for more information, including dates & times, download the National Parks & Recreation Month flyer. Our Open Houses are FREE to the public & offer GREAT fun & entertainment for the whole family!
National Parks and Recreation Month Kick Off:
PLAY DAY IN THE PLAZA
Friday, June 28, 2013, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11am—2pm
- Face Painting
- Group Competitions
- Cultural Arts Presentations
- And MORE!!
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.