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.


Renovation and development of several parks, such as the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, will soon begin to share the spotlight with housing developments. Located at the former Alameda Belt Line rail yard between Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue and Sherman Street, Jean Sweeney Open Space Park’s topography is unique among Alameda’s parks as a large open space within an urban environment. Estimated to cover 27 acres, this park will be the largest in Alameda.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) is currently accepting applications for Summer recreation leaders and specialists. These positions will be in various divisions, including day camp, parks and playgrounds, aquatics and other specialized programs.  

Applicants must be able to demonstrate good judgment and be able to relate well to children. Applicants must also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants who are creative, have the ability to lead activities and be energetic when engaging with children are highly recommended. 

Residents were treated to a variety of entertainment as part of the city of Alameda’s Earth Day Festival in Washington Park last weekend. Above, a youngster pedals his way to a sustainably produced smoothie, while other children enjoyed bean-bag tosses, other games, giveaways and prizes. Below, the Committee for a Sustainable Alameda, asked this question of people at the event: What are you doing to make every day Earth Day? Staff members of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department organize the annual event.