The rain clouds parted just in time for the first-ever Ride for the Parks event held last Saturday. More than 500 cyclists of all ages and skill levels gathered at the start and end point, Washington Park (above), to raise money for the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD). Alameda Bicycle, Team Alameda and the Alameda Rotary Club helped staff the event along with ARPD, other sponsors and volunteers. Riders were encouraged to take either an 8-mile or 22-mile journey along the shorelines of Alameda and Bay Farm Island.