In November 2016, the Mosswood Performing Arts and Recreation Center, built in 1953, burned to the ground. Temporary facilities have been installed to house core center programs, such as after school programs, summer camp, computer lab and cooking classes, until the new Center is built.
The vision for the new Community Center is to create a vibrant destination for civic, cultural, social, educational, and recreational activities. The Community Center will incorporate sustainable design principles and the City's ‘Art in Public Places’ program. It will be inclusive of a diverse community of users, universally accessible, flexible in use, and thoughtfully designed.
Mosswood Park is an iconic Oakland institution and North Oakland cultural hub. The eleven-acre public park was established in 1910, and is operated by the Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development Department. The park has been the home of pre-famous NBA players and decades of significant cultural events. The Community Center project will be planned and developed through an intensive community engagement process, and the design team and City staff will engage with community stakeholders throughout the design process. The purpose of the initial Visioning, Programming, Park Master Plan and Concept Design Phase will be to explore -with the community- the feasibility of options for the Community Center, while preserving and enhancing the overall park experience. The City currently has funding for Design, but additional funds must be raised in order to build the new Community Center.
For questions about the new Community Center project, please contact Project Manager, Christine Reed. (contact details below)
For all other inquiries, including questions about Mosswood programs and services, please call the Recreation Center: 510-597-5038