Our need for play never stops.

Knowing that we live in a fast paced society – one of long hours and long commutes, and our kids are being driven by technology and video games, OPR offers a wide range of programs for the young and old alike. We recognize the on-going need for skill building, companionship, physical challenges, team participation, and artistic expression. It is important to play, recreate, imagine and simply connect to one another.

OPR Plays With A Purpose

There is a purpose for play. There is a reason for our play. Our babies learn when they play, our children are healthier when they play. Our youth are engaged when they play, our families are unified when they play. Our communities thrive when they play. With a purpose – our purpose is to Expose, Enlighten, Empower and Encourage Educational Excellence through Recreational Experiences.

Expose, Enlighten, Empower and Encourage Educational Excellence through Recreational Experiences!

Director’s Welcome

ELEVEN YEARS OF PLAYING THE OPR WAY!

As we transition from summer to fall and I wrap up my first three months as Director of Oakland Parks & Recreation, I am pleased to be surrounded by such a talented team of staff. I am also pleased to be a part of this Oakland community, a vibrant and supportive city bursting with untold possibilities. ‘Sundays in the Redwoods’ is one of many examples of the endless possibilities of what we can accomplish together.

It is my desire to support the City of Oakland and Parks & Recreation with more opportunities to produce high quality, relevant programs and world-class customer service.

I share this thought in hopes of encouraging all of you to stay the course and continue to support us. Give it your best and remember the importance of all the work we put into our collective communities and the City of Oakland.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s keep moving forward, TOGETHER!
In Service

J. Nicholas Williams
Director


Cultural Arts Supervisor

I am forever grateful for all of the hard work that the amazing OPR staff put in on a daily basis for the citizens of Oakland. I am proud to be a part of this awesome team. I also want to acknowledge my family and especially my husband Careth Watson, for putting up with my rigorous schedule over the past eleven years. A special thank you goes out to those who make ‘Sundays in the Redwoods’ the incredible event that it is; Mercedes Ervin, Frederick Morris, Desmona Armstrong, Zermaine Thomas, Robert Davila, Kola Thomas, Stephanie Benavidez, Erin Burton, Mike Tatmon, Catherine Cornelius, Rich Buchanan, Mandolin Kadera-Redmond, Alethia Walker and their wonderful families who understand the nature of community work. There are so many others that help with ‘Sundays’ and they make the hard work always look like fun.

Of course I want to thank Darrin Hodges, whom I call my right hand. He is always smart, kind and ready for any challenge and we have had many. Thank you

Karis Griffin
Karis Griffin
Sundays Project Manager

Darrin Hodges
Darrin Hodges Sr.
Production Manager

For The Past 11 Years

Sundays In The Redwoods has given me the most exciting and challenging mission of being consistent and creative as the Production Manager for each series in which OPR yields the best artistic representation, of any production big or small. It gives me great joy to be a part of something so great in our beautiful CITY OF OAKLAND. A special thanks to a great production team, which I’m forever grateful to work with each year.

OPR – Cultural Arts Facilities

Studio One Art Center

Studio One Art Center is a vocational and expressive art center providing intergenerational programming to the community. Since 1948, […]

Malonga Center for the Arts

The beautifully restored turn-of-the-century Arts Center, formerly known as the Alice Arts Center, is one of the area’s busiest […]

Digital Arts and Culinary Academy

The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA) is a state of the art facility designed to give teens an […]

Mosswood Recreation Center

Mosswood Park is nestled on four acres of green between West and North Oakland. The park is host to […]