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OON celebrates Historic Jefferson Square Park as Oakland’s newest dog play area, basketball court and tot lot.

Left to right: Tina Ramos, Audree Taylor-Jones, 
Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Henry Boone & Lilly Soo Hoo Photo Credit: Paula K.Wirth
Oakland, Calif. (November 23, 2010) – The weather forecast this past Saturday, November 20, 2010 was for heavy rain and the early morning was dark, gray & wet. The committee organizing the event, EAT-PLAY-BARK @ Jefferson Square Park decided that despite the weather, the energy and excitement this park renovation had stirred up deserved to be recognized. 

Emails, social media and a recorded message stressed that the event would go on. The bulk of the event was reorganized and placed under tents. Then a miracle happened when the clouds parted and the sun peeked through. 

Park guests of the two-legged and four-legged variety arrived to find that Old Oakland Neighbors, ODOG and Oakland Parks and Recreation had assembled community groups, organizations, individuals and local businesses. This included: 10,000 Steps Oakland, Garden Hortica, EBSPCA, EB Pet Sitter, MOCHA, FourSquare East Bay, Annalee Allen, Roy Byrd (former Harlem Globetrotter) and park basketball mentor Henry Boone. The pot luck was supplemented by warm food and drink by La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen and It’s a Grind Oakland. 


A rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted the brand new dog play area, basketball court and tot lot by Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Oakland Parks & Rec Director Audree Taylor-Jones and Public Works Facilities Supervisor Lilly Soo Hoo capped the festivities. The renewed historic Jefferson Square Park is open for recreational activities and the park event committee, now called the park advisory committee, looks forward to seeing and meeting members of the community there everyday of the week.


Jefferson Square Park
*field, tot lot, large & small dog play area, basketball court
618 Jefferson St at 7th St
Old Oakland, CA 94607

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EAT – PLAY – BARK @ Jefferson Square Park! :: Saturday, November 20th, 11-2pm

The event is ON! If you want to hear a recorded update on Sat Nov 20, call 510/839.3854 (this message was updated on Nov 20 8:34am)!

It’s a community potluck and party at
Jefferson Square Park (7th Street Btwn Jefferson & MLK)!

Help us rededicate Jefferson Square Park and celebrate Oakland’s newest dog play area, basketball court and tot lot!

Co-Sponsored by: Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Oakland Parks and Recreation, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency, Old Oakland Neighbors, Oakland Dog Owners Group (ODOG), Garden Hortica, MOCHA, FourSquare EastBay and 10,000 Steps.

Join us for a
– Neighborhood Pot Luck
– Community 4Square Game by FourSquare EastBay
– Basketball Exhibition by Henry Boone & Roy Byrd
– Children’s activities
– Plant exchange hosted by Garden Hortica
– Dog Parade coordinated by ODOG (pre-register your pet for free here:

What to Bring:
– Yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your dog
– A food dish to share
– Plants or cuttings to share/swap
– Lawn chairs, if you have them

EAT – PLAY – BARK @ Jefferson Square Park!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
11am – 2pm
Jefferson Square Park
7th Street between Jefferson & MLK
Old Oakland, CA

* in case of rain, date change will be Saturday, December 4 from 11-2pm

RSVP online and invite others by clicking the link of your preferred website!
Facebook Event listing

This is a community and volunteer led event, with in-kind support from the City of Oakland, so please let us know if you’re interested in volunteering by emailing We will need help with setup, hosting duties during the event, and cleanup. More details to follow…

Film Screening :: 10,000 Steps Oakland: A Profile of 4 Squares :: Sat Nov 20, 6-10pm

Film Screening :: 10,000 Steps Oakland: A Profile of 4 Squares :: Sat Nov 20, 6-10pm
The evening event, sponsored by 10,000 Steps, a collaborative project about the people and culture of Oakland’s downtown historical parks, will include two inspiring films by Oakland filmmakers. Members of the community, the filmmakers and the 10,000 Steps team will be on hand for a lively discussion! at La Borinquena (582 7th St @ Jefferson)