San Antonio Park in East Oakland, facing north with a skyline view of Downtown Oakland. Credit: Amir Aziz

With a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, a play structure, gazebo, and dozens of oak trees towering over acres of lawn, San Antonio Park is one of Oakland’s biggest and best parks. But the park has suffered years of neglect. Its tennis courts are cracked and lamps that are supposed to illuminate the park are burned out. The grass is overgrown and filled with muddy potholes and the bathrooms are rarely cleaned.

Next week, Oaklanders, especially residents of District 2 who live in the San Antonio neighborhood, will have the chance to chime in about what improvements are needed at San Antonio Park and what new structures or programs the city should develop there.

There will be three San Antonio Park Master Plan virtual community meetings:

Wednesday, January 27 at 4:30 p.m., city staff will gather ideas from community members as to what improvements and programming they will like to see. This first meeting will be held in English and Spanish through the following Zoom link. After the meeting, city staff will share a survey for residents to fill out.

Friday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m., city staff will review the options for redesigning the park based on feedback from the first meeting and the answers from the survey. This meeting will be conducted in English and Chinese through the following Zoom link.

Saturday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m. Similar to the first two meetings, this one will also be held in two languages: English and Vietnamese. During this meeting, residents will be able to see the final plan. Tune in through the following Zoom link.  

In order to prepare for the meetings, residents can review the park’s original master plan from 2003. 

If you cannot attend any of these meetings, the San Antonio Park Master Plan website will be continuously updated with the presentations from each meeting, the survey, and any other pertinent information. 

Azucena Rasilla is a bilingual journalist from East Oakland reporting in Spanish and in English, and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creative landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.