Alameda Recreation and Park Department

Alameda Recreation and Park Department will team up with the Alameda Gators Swim Team tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 2, through this Sunday, Aug. 4, to host the city’s 65th annual City Swim Meet. 

Swimmers of all ages will enjoy this fun and low-key meet at the Encinal High School Swim Center, 230 Central Ave. The meet includes novice events, age-group races and masters’ events.  

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department in cooperation with Island Aquatics and the Gators swim teams, will host the City of Alameda’s 64th annual Swim Championships in August. 

The three-day event will be held on Aug. 3, 4 and 5, at Encinal High School Swim Center, 230 Central Ave., and showcase the best of the Island’s swimmers. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5. Participants will receive awards for first through sixth place during the award ceremony on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. 


The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has released the schedule for its 2017 Alameda Walks program. All walks begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately one hour; longer walks are noted in the schedule.


The East Bay Regional Park District, Rotary Club of Alameda, Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation, and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department present the 2017 Splash into Spring Egg Scramble.

Bring the entire family to this popular community event on Saturday, April 8, at the Crab Cove Picnic Area, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave. Free parking will be available at the Otis and Westline drives parking lot. Pre-registration is not necessary. 


The Alameda Youth Committee (AYC) worked with Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) to launch a “Piece and Kindness” campaign. They hoped to promote kindness and heal divisiveness throughout the community. The piece-peace play on words was a deliberate one.

The campaign entailed community members creating art on blank 4×4 puzzle pieces and returning their creations to AYC and ARPD. The pieces could then become part of a final community puzzle, one that promotes kindness and reminds us that every piece makes the community whole.  


Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) and Alameda Youth Committee (AYC) are asking the community to express itself during their “Piece and Kindness Campaign.” Community members can show what kindness they bring to the picture on a blank 4 x 4 puzzle piece. ARPD and AYC will fit all the pieces together and display them to promote kindness and remind the community that every piece makes the community whole. 

With so much divisiveness in the world today, ARPD and AYC hope that the campaign shows how individual kindnesses come together to form a beautiful community. 


The public is invited to have a ghostly good time at Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s (ARPD) 13th Annual Teen Haunted House presented by Alameda middle and high school students. 

This year’s theme is a haunted carnival. Enter the carnival gates and into a world of haunted fun, if you dare!


The annual “Egg” Stravaganza coloring contest, co-sponsored by Alameda Recreation and Park Department, Alameda Kiwanis Foundation and the Alameda Art Association Art Gallery was open to children from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Children were encouraged to use their creativity  in coloring their completed entry forms.

The top three place winners in each grade category were awarded prizes at a reception at the Alameda Art Association Gallery at South Shore Center on May 16.

Above, Jesse and Olivia Aney of Alameda dance together at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s (ARPD) annual Father-Daughter Dance Party, held last Friday for the 15th year. The event, put on in association with Girls Inc. of the Island City, gives girls and their favorite male role model a chance to dance, create arts and crafts, enjoy refreshments and other fun together. The dance, held on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day, is extremely popular and often sells out well in advance. This year was no exception.