New Year, New Parks, New Foundation.

We have amazing news: Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation and the Oakland Parks Coalition have joined forces to form the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation. We’re excited about this because it unites park advocates under one banner and creates a stronger voice for our parks and our recreation programs. The Foundation will address all components of park needs: raising funds for capital improvements, recreation programs, and park maintenance. One of our latest projects is partnering with the community and Levi Strauss in getting a new skate park built at West Oakland’s DeFremery Park.

Join Now

The mission of the Foundation is: “Providing financial and volunteer resources, and advocacy for recreation programs and parks in Oakland.” If you joined as a member of Friends or OPC, your membership automatically transfers over to the Foundation. If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership, now is a great time!

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Join Us: A Taste of Spring on May 7th

Our annual fundraiser gala, A Taste of Spring, will be on Thursday, May 7th from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. It’s a great evening of music, friends, gourmet food and wine, and lively entertainment. We will also be honoring some great people who have made some amazing contributions to Oakland. Last year, we raised thousands of dollars for parks and was able to send hundreds of kids to summer camp.

Buy Now

This year, we’re having it at the Impact Hub in Uptown. Early bird pricing of $65 is available until March 1st, so get your tickets now!

Become a Park Steward

A Park Steward is a neighbor, a park user or business that watches out for the quality and condition of a local park, ball field, or median strip and assists in making improvements. Park stewards are a precious asset to Oakland and the Park Stewardship Committee of Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation offers a site visit and ongoing support and guidance to our steward volunteers.

Download the Stewardship form