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- Adult Sports & Enrichment
- Community Gardening
- Cultural Arts Programs
- Discovery Centers
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- Joaquin Miller Park
- Lake Merritt
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- Rotary Nature Center
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Our Upcoming Events
CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER
10000 SKYLINE BOULEVARD, OAKLAND
Remember when you were a kid and the world was full of boundaries? Bring your family to a place where they can challenge those limits and expand their universe. Chabot Space & Science Center offers fun, interactive hands-on exhibits and activities. Enjoy the digital, full-dome planetarium, IMAX theater shows and telescope viewing through our spectacular telescopes all year long. We offer summer camps, classes, facility rentals and much more. Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center. Its mission – to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe.
699 BELLEVUE AVENUE; LAKESIDE PARK, OAKLAND
Children’s Fairyland, the park that inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland, is an historic ten-acre outdoor park and educational facility where children’s literature is brought to life through fairy tale exhibits, daily puppet shows, animals, rides, live performances and talking storybooks. Join us all year for special events, including our “more delightful than frightful” Halloween Jamboree, and our holiday-themed Fairy Winterland. “It is a miracle to find a theme park in the middle of a great urban area that is so natural, so original, so enduring, so educational, and so uncommercial. Happy hours are rationed in this world, so I’m grateful to the people who provide them,” says Fairyland fan Art Gray.
9777 GOLF LINKS ROAD, OAKLAND
(510) 632-9525 EXT. 100
The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location off Highway 580 since 1936. The Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.
PERALTA HACIENDA HISTORICAL PARK
2465 34TH AVENUE, OAKLAND
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, located in Oakland’s Fruitvale District, is a newly established six-acre community park. The focal point is the Peralta House, an 1870 Italianate Victorian farmhouse listed as a city and state landmark; it is also named in the National Register. We host public youth educational and arts programs, performances, exhibits, and community events and celebrations. Our mission is to preserve and share the history of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. We serve the diverse and ever-changing culture of today’s Fruitvale District, and engage its residents in the stewardship of this nationally significant site. We develop and maintain the facility as an interpretive park, gather community stories, offer arts and educational activities, and create exhibits for visitors to enjoy, learn from, and shape with their own contributions.
WOODMINSTER SUMMER MUSICALS PRODUCERS ASSOCIATES
3300 JOAQUIN MILLER ROAD, OAKLAND
(510) 531-9597 OR (510) 531-0671
CONTACT: Harriet Schlader
Woodminster Summer Musicals are a long-standing Oakland tradition. Every production is affordable and family-friendly. The ‘Kids Come Free’ program offers free attendance for children and teens, 16 and younger, when accompanied by paying adults. Woodminster Summer Musicals are co-sponsored by Producers Associates and the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation. The Woodminster Amphitheater is a classic, open-air performance facility inside Joaquin Miller Park.
OAKLAND PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION
Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation and the Oakland Parks Coalition recently merged to form the Oakland Parks ad Recreation Foundation (OPRF). OPRF provides financial and volunteer resources and advocates for recreation programs and parks in Oakland. OPRF is a registered non-profit accepting unrestricted gifts, donations to Youth Scholarship Fund or specific recreation centers, as well as other specialized gifts. A recent project has been the state-of-the-art skateboard park and deFremery Park!
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GOLDEN STATE BONSAI FEDERATION – COLLECTION NORTH
LAKESIDE PARK, OAKLAND; (510) 763-8409
Visit Northern California’s only public bonsai collection in the Demonstration Garden at Oakland’s Lakeside Park which includes precious trees, sculptures and landscape features created by outstanding masters and collectors. The garden and bonsai Collection North is a joint project of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and the City of Oakland. It was built and is staffed and maintained by volunteers.
RECREATION ADVISORY COUNCILS
Recreation Advisory Councils (RACs) are volunteer service organizations sanctioned by Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR). They support and advise on the management of community recreation centers and the parks around them, as well as programs and services offered by OPR. Organized groupa of community members volunteer their time and energy and share a common interest in promoting and improving the recreation center and its programs. RAC’s help ensure that recreation programs at each center are meaningful and responsive to neighborhood needs. Residents have opportunities to participate in park planning, management, and service delivery. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit a Recreation Center near you and talk to the Center Director, or call 510-238-PARK.
FRIENDS OF THE GARDENS AT LAKE MERRITT
P.O. BOX 13267, OAKLAND, CA 94661
666 BELLEVUE DRIVE, OAKLAND
CONTACT: BRUCE COBBLEDICK
The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt is a volunteer group that oversees the strategic development of a visionary, broad-scale garden plan and fosters hands-in-the dirt community involvement. Our immediate objectives are increasing awareness of this rare jewel, raising funds and developing a volunteer force. The seven-acre collection of themed gardens is a hidden jewel in the City and located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park. Established a half century ago, the Gardens once served as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational center and a place to enjoy tranquility in an urban setting.
OPR BOARD OF ASSOCIATES
The Board of Associates, a team of committed volunteer community advocates, support the Agency Director in the delivery of programs and services that fulfill the mission and purpose of the Oakland Parks and Recreation. The Associates provide invaluable service in ideas formation and ensure that programs and projects initiated by the Director are received by the intended community. For more information, please call (510) 238-7532.
OAKLAND MUNICIPAL BAND
Since 1912 the Oakland Municipal Band has been performing free concerts in Lakeside Park at the historic Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Come and bring your lawn chair and picnic starting on July 4th and continuing on Sundays, in July. Concerts run from from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The band consists of 35 professional musicians and all concerts offer an array of jazz, pop, big band, international, classical, marches and showtunes. For information call (510) 339-2818.
OAKLAND FEATHER RIVER CAMP: A FAMILY TRADITION
email@example.com; (510) 336-2267
Founded by the City of Oakland in 1924, Oakland Feather River Camp has provided a unique family vacation destination. Located near Quincy, CA and nestled along the beautiful Spanish Creek, everyone is invited to evening campfires, games, dances, star gazing, other recreation activities.
FRIENDS OF MONTCLAIR RAILROAD TRAIL
Friends of Montclair Railroad Trail is a volunteer community that applies its energies, skills and resources to sustain and improve the Montclair Railroad Trail, in an effort to create a lasting natural legacy for current and future generations to enjoy. The trail, built on the rail bed of the Sacramento Northern Railway, runs just behind Oakland's Montclair Village and has several access points. It is paved, flat and stretches 1.5 miles. Today the trail provides a beautiful natural setting for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling. To join or for more information, please visit the website link above.