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Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center

Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center (meaning Old Creek in Spanish) is located at one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the city. Our park features a lively creek, picnic areas, and a community garden. We are located next to East Oakland Pride Elementary School. Our center is equipped with a football/soccer field, tennis courts, play area for toddlers, patio area, social hall, craft and game room, computer lab, and newly renovated baseball field.We have bilingual staff members to help our Spanish-speaking community members. We are an ADA Inclusion Center.

Arts and Culture in Oakland

Learn about the City’s Cultural Funding Program, which provides approximately $1 million annually in grants to support the arts; the Public Art Program, which commissions and supports public art across Oakland; professional development programs for artists and arts organizations; special events support; film production permitting; and walking tours.

Athletic Fields

We operate 66 sports fields ranging from football to soccer with turf or real grass.

Attend Onboarding Activities

All new full-time (FT), part-time partial (PTP), and part-time to temporary (PTT) should attend New Employee Orientation (NEO).

Battle For The Bay/Creek to Bay Day 2019

On September 21, 2019, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose challenged each other to a friendly competition as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day to see which city could engage the most volunteers and stage the biggest and most impactful cleanup. Projects included trash removal, habitat restoration, tree planting, and beautification. Oakland had a total of 55 registered volunteer sites throughout the City’s neighborhoods and coastline. With a record breaking 2,170 volunteers putting in more than 7,183 collective service hours, it was a great success for the Town. Together, Oaklanders picked up 109,460 pounds of trash, sorted 2,859 pounds of recyclables, cleared 37 storm drains, and cleaned 11 miles of shoreline! A huge thank you to the Oakland communities that came together on this day and showed some love to their neighborhoods.

Become an Equity Applicant or Incubator

The City's groundbreaking Equity Permit Program is designed to minimize barriers to cannabis licensing for those who have been the most victimized by the war on drugs. Find out how to qualify.

Bicycle Parking

To support bicycling, the City offers a variety of bicycle parking-related services and resources

Boating

The Lake Merritt Boating Center has reopened for boat rentals on June 5th. *New Covid-19* Operating hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Boating at Jack London Aquatic Center

We offer Youth and Adult Advanced Sailing and Recreation Center Advanced Kayaking programs. We also host community-based Rowing and Dragon Boating programs (scroll down for contact information).

Boating at Lake Merritt Boating Center

Boating programs are offered at Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary. Youth and community programs provide an entry point to gain skills to explore the wonders of Bay Area boating.

Bond Measure KK 1-4 Unit Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program

The purpose of the Bond Measure KK 1-4 Unit Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program is to provide loans for acquisition-related and rehabilitation costs associated with developing, protecting and preserving long term affordable housing throughout the City of Oakland.

Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan

The Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan envisions the district as a “complete” neighborhood that supports socially- and economically-sustainable mixed use development; increases the generation and capture of local sales tax revenue; celebrates the cultural and architectural influences of the neighborhood’s past and present-day prosperity, and implements a “green,” “transit-first” strategy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the use of non-renewable resources.

Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) evaluates a proposed project's impacts on the physical environment, such as traffic, air pollution, historic and archeological resources, biology, geology, public services and utilities, and hazardous materials. An EIR also recommends steps to avoid or minimize those impacts, called mitigation measures.

Brookdale Recreation Center

Located in the Maxwell Park District, Brookdale Recreation Center offers fun and creative recreational programs for youth and teens. Picnic tables and barbecue pits are provided high on the hill above the sounds of the vibrant neighborhood below. Picnic sites are available for use. Reservations can be made for a small fee. This park also includes a Science Discovery Center offering many social, community building, and educational activities. Stop by and visit with our friendly staff.