The Alameda Parks and Recreation Department (ARPD) is responsible for the maintenance and operation of an impressive 21 parks that serve more than 15,000 people a year. One of the most popular parks in Alameda is Lincoln Park, located in north-central Alameda on Buena Vista Avenue. It offers a multi-purpose sports field, basketball courts, a recreational center, restrooms, a picnic area and barbecue grills, and the Littlejohn Park Playground. This playground is “the newest all-inclusive playground in Alameda where children of all physical, emotional and developmental abilities can play and learn together.” Godfrey Park was established in 1945 and is located on Beach Road and Seminary Avenue, in the center of Bay Farm Island.
Two years later, Longfellow Park was established on Linden Street, between Haight and Lincoln Avenues, on the west side of Alameda. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district that operates in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (California), within the East Bay Area of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Regional Parks Foundation, a volunteer organization that supports the work of the EBRPD, raises funds for park improvement. Established in 1908, Washington Park flanks Crown Memorial State Beach and is a very popular park in Alameda for sports.
It has tennis courts, basketball and baseball courts, picnics and even has a large play structure for younger children. Just east of Alameda Point and the Main Street Ferry Terminal, on the west end of Alameda, you'll find Estuary Park sports fields and community park. This park was created thanks to a state law that allowed citizens of Alameda and Contra Costa counties to create a special district that could obtain water from the Mokelumne River and pump it directly to customers.