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- Lake Merritt
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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.
Office of Parks and Recreation Summer Employment Opportunities 2014
The City of Oakland Parks and Recreation has openings for part-time positions
Applications accepted :
January 27 - February 21, 2014
- Recreation Leader, Sports Official, and Recreation Specialist
January 27 - March 7, 2014
- Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructor, and Pool Manager
February 24 - March 17, 2014
- Recreation Aide and Recreation Attendant
Applications are accepted online only www.oaklandnet.com
Late applications will not be accepted.
For information on online application assistance, please click on links.
Mother of the Year Call for Nominations
Nomination Deadline: Noon on Friday, April 4, 2014
The Office of Parks and Recreation is accepting nominations for the 61st Annual City of Oakland Mother of the Year Award.
Local businesses, community groups, professional associations, government agencies, and services-related organizations, are invited to nominate candidates for this coveted award.
Oakland’s Mother of the Year Award program was initiated in 1954 to publicly honor Oakland citizens whose contributions to the community symbolize the finest traditions of “motherhood”.
Award is given to an extraordinary individual whose life story is inspirational, reflecting values of:
• volunteerism, service, charity and philanthropy
• courage, determination, leadership and heroism
• humor, perseverance or achievement against all odds
• has made a positive impact on families or community life in Oakland
• has been an appropriate role model for people of all ages, and backgrounds.
Download Nomination Packet
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
|Excursion to be determined.||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|
Excursion to Temescal Park on Tuesday April 15.
Pack a lunch daily.
Camp hours 8 am - 6 pm.
|Ira Jenkins Recreation Center|| April |
|5-16 years of age||$25 for the week + excursion trip cost|
Day camp age (5-12 years).
Breakfast included: participants must bring lunch daily.
|Willie Keys 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
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 18. Please check the Redwood Heights web page, or feel free to call the center, 482-7827 for more information.
All Levels Hatha Flow Yoga
Join us for our new "All Levels Hatha Flow Yoga" class at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center.
The class will meet Tuesdays from 9:30 -10:30 am (5 class card $45) and is taught by Stacey Swan, who also teaches classes at the East Oakland Sports Center.
Please call the Redwood Heights Recreation Center if you have any questions.
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.