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A new park in the heart of Oakland, California will open this summer in the midst of a city renaissance, as the city prepares to welcome a record number of visitors this summer.
Oakland City Council voted unanimously to award a $1.5 million grant to the Oakland Community College District to create the Cielo Plaza.
The park will include a skate park, tennis courts, an amphitheater, a fitness center and other facilities that will include yoga studios, music studios, dance studios and other outdoor spaces.
A public meeting on the proposal will be held on Aug. 22 at the Oakland City Council Chambers, 1855 Westlake Blvd.
The project is being funded by the Oakland Recreation Department and the City of Oakland.
It will be the third new park on the East Bay since Oakland’s former city parks and recreation director, Robert Kappelman, announced in August that he was retiring in January after 20 years at the helm of Oakland’s parks and public spaces.
Oaklands Park and Recreation director Robert Kapps announced his retirement in February after 20-years at the reins of Oakland parks and recreational services.
Kappelman oversaw the creation of more than 100 parks and trails in Oakland in the 1970s and 1980s, which have been visited by more than 1 million visitors a year since then.
OakLAND Park and Rec also was the first urban park to receive an All-Star designation in 2014, and the first park to win the National Park Service’s Best Design Award.
Oaktown Mayor Libby Schaaf said the project was a way to bring Oakland’s cultural and historic treasures back to life and celebrate its history.
The parks and facilities will be part of the Oakland Heritage Park and Historic District.
The project will create a “living, breathing, neighborhood park and will provide an iconic piece of our Cityscape for visitors and residents,” Schaaf told Fox News.
The Park and Resorts Board of Directors voted 4-3 in favor of the grant last week.
City Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Joe Moore voted against it, saying the city was in dire need of additional funding.
A $2.9 million loan from the City’s general fund will be used to finance the project, and $400,000 will be paid back through annual fees.
The parks and the project will be managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Oakville Mayor Yusra Khogali, a former park and recreation officer, said the new park is a tribute to the city and to the residents of Oakland who have been part of Oakland for decades.
The new park will also provide visitors with a place to visit, and it will provide residents of the city with opportunities to engage in community and recreational activities, Khogalia said.
“It will be a place for people to go and play sports, to go shopping, to enjoy life,” Khogalisaid.
“It will make us more active.”
Kappalisaid that the new parks will also include a public art gallery, and a public plaza where visitors can take part in public discussions and discussions on issues of importance to the community.
Kapps said the park will feature a number of different outdoor spaces that will serve as a community center.
Oakmont, a nonprofit arts and culture group, will be responsible for the design and installation of the park, and will be expected to work with the parks department to plan the public events.
“This is a great opportunity for the people of Oakland to come together and enjoy a park they’ve loved for years,” Khopalisaid, adding that it will bring a sense of pride to Oakland.
Oakmount will also create a new, two-story museum, the City Councilman said.
Oakbay City Councilwoman Janet Davis-McClain said the funding will bring more of the community together, and encourage the people to be part in making the city a better place.
“Oakland is home to some of the most beautiful places in the world, but it is also a city where we can all be proud of the accomplishments of those who came before us,” Davis-McClellan said.
“This grant will help us honor our past, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”