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.
The Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) calls all fun-seeking kids to Crab Cove on Saturday, March 19, for the annual Splash into Spring Egg Scramble. This fun event will take place at the picnic area, 1252 McKay Ave. Parents can park in the Crab Cove lot at Otis and Westline drives. If it rains, the scramble will be on Saturday, March 26.
Kids will gather with their baskets at five scramble areas divided into the following times and age groups. They should bring baskets to collect their goodies.
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.
The Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) is offering swim lessons to young boys and girls this summer.
Lessons are for kids three to 15 years old. Lessons will be divided into three sessions. The first session is from June 19 to July 6, which will total 11 lessons. The second session is from July 10 to July 27, which will amass 12 lessons. A third session runs from July 31 to Aug. 10, and will total eight lessons.
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 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.
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!”