Alameda Recreation and Parks Department

Last Saturday, the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) sponsored Alameda Walks program strolled through both history and current events. The all-ages group learned about the Mastick family and famed architects Felix Marcuse and Julius Remmel who helped shape the Island City. Myself and Alameda Sun co-publisher Dennis Evanosky (far left) led the tour with help from ARPD’s Karen Kenney and Jackie Krause of the Mastick Senior Center. Toward the end, the tour stopped by the recently completed mural at 1128 Lincoln Ave.


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.


An Alameda resident suffered serious injuries Friday, March 23, after a tree fell on him in Washington Park. 

The man was watching his daughter play in a varsity softball game for Encinal High School’s Jets at Lower Washington Park when a large pine tree fell on him, according to a city press release. First responders were on the scene to transport the unidentified victim. The parent was taken to a local hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. He remained hospitalized as of Monday, March 26.

The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) held a grand opening ceremony for the new Estuary Park last Saturday, Jan. 20.

The eight-acre park is located at 200 Mosley St. on the estuary side just east of Alameda Point and the Main Street Ferry Terminal. The park is built on land that was conveyed from the Navy to the City of Alameda in 2009. 

Several Alameda dignitaries spoke at the event including Mayor Trish Spencer, Alameda Little League Board President Ron Matthews and ARPD director Amy Wooldridge. Also in attendance was Stomper, the Oakland A’s mascot.


The Alameda Free Library (AFL) and Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) will be holding a ribbon cutting for the first Little Library to be installed on park property next Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. in front of the ARPD office, 2226 Santa Clara Ave.

Little Libraries can be found across the Island. Residents take a book or leave a book, keeping the small collections fresh and free for the taking. Thanks to the collaboration of two city departments, Little Libraries will be now available in all Alameda neighborhoods.


Ready to get a job or volunteer position but don’t know how to start? Teens and tweens are invited to attend a workshop on Thursday, April 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 1550 Oak St.


The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) is offering competitive sports leagues for Alameda adults and youth in the upcoming months.


kyhawks Sports, a skill-based sports program for kids, is offering several clinics for Alameda youth and their parents.

The Mommy/Daddy & Me program is for kids two-and-half to three years old. It will teach kids the fundamentals of baseball, basketball and soccer. The Tot Sports program is for kids three to four years old. Students will explore balance, body movement, coordination and teamwork. The Mini-Hawk Sports program for kids five to six years old will teach running, jumping and throwing.


For nearly half a century, Alamedans have enjoyed testing each other’s creativity using just the materials provided naturally at Crown Memorial Beach. The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) hosted the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest last Saturday for the 48th year and more than 530 people participated.

Best in Show
Best in show among the sand castles went to Team Awesomeness of Alameda and Oakland. Best in show among the sand sculptures went to Team Sullivan of Alameda for “The Dubs — Go Warriors!” 


As summer quickly approaches, it’s time for kids to make their summer plans. The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) has several options to keep kids occupied and physically fit this summer.