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Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund

The Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund is a 501c3 charity that provides funding assistance to the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Federal Tax ID #46-3062692

Latest Park Developments & Announcements

Picnic Table Rentals: Information is available on the Recreation & Parks website here. Picnic Tables in the playground area are available on "first come" use.

Click here to view December 29th video of visitors enjoying the new park. Includes interviews with some visitors including youngsters.



Alameda Recreation & Parks Department will be expanding the present foot print of park space into a portion of the South wooded area. The fence in the area West of the Rotary Picnic Pavilion will be moved South to the railroad property line. This move will open up a shaded space for memorial bench and picnic table donations. Information and application for new area memorial donations can be found here.

Expanded space from Pavilion Expanded space wooded area
concrete bench picnic table
The concrete bench and picnic table are available for memorial donations in the expanded area.

Opening Day Ceremonies Video

In 1998 Jean Sweeney, with her husband Jim, went to see the 27 acres of the Alameda Belt Line Railroad switching yard, nearly smack in the middle of Alameda's big island. Only the neighbors seemed to know the yard existed. The land was so quiet and serene, Jean told Jim, this land has to become a park. And on December 15th 2018, Phase One has finally become the park Jean dreamed of.

The opening day ceremonies page including a link to the video of the opening day ceremonies is here. The video includes the music and speeches from the opening ceremony.

See the East Bay Times article announcing the opening day ceremonies here. Click on the right arrow to see additonal pictures of the park opening.

See the Alameda Sun article announcing the opening day ceremonies here.

Opening Day Sign Photo credit: Jim Ahrens (Son-In-Law of Jim Sweeney)

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 15, 2018. Participating are Alameda Councilmen Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese; State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer; Deputy Director Sedrick Mitchell, Community Engagement Division; Califonornia State Parks and Recreation Department, Jim Sweeney, Alameda Mayor-elect Marilyn Ashcraft, Director Amy Wooldridge, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department and Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam

August 15, 2016 "Drone Flyovers Start" Click here to watch the series of drone fly overs to chronicle the construction of the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Scroll down when the page opens to see the series of fly overs as the construction progresses.

map of park location

Yellow arrows in this Google image show location of the West and East ends of the Park.
There are 27 acres between the East and West ends.