Quality athletic fields across Oakland are in high demand and the impact of sport activities exceed current citywide maintenance capacity. To keep up with demand and expand on quality recreational facilities and services, the City of Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development (OPRYD) department is proposing to seek qualified organizations to lease three (3) underperforming athletic fields in Oakland while preserving public access. In order to improve equitable access to recreational activities in historically marginalized and underserved communities, the City has selected Oakport Field, Raimondi Field, and Sobrante Field.
The City will select community-oriented partners to lease the specified athletic fields, provide capital renovations, and maintain the facilities to a high standard. Although the lease of the facilities will allow for private programming, the City’s equity goals will guide the agreement and require selected partners to prioritize all existing and future public city programs, immediate neighbors, and residents of Oakland to ensure inclusive and enhanced public access to the programming and quality athletic field facilities.
OPRYD sought input and guidance from neighbors, residents, and users on ways to ensure the community’s access to and experience of recreational services are not only met but enhanced through this proposed lease process.
This page will continue to be updated with information on the project and process. For more immediate questions and comments, please email Quincy Williams at QWilliams@oaklandca.gov