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In North Oakland, Oakland, California, the Bushrod neighborhood is an area surrounding its namesake park and bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Path to the west, east to Claremont Road south to Highway 24, and north to the Berkeley border. It borders the communities of Sante Fe to the west, east to Fairview Park, and south and southeast to Temescal and Shafter, respectively. The Bushrod Park ballfields and the former Bushrod Washington Elementary School, which share neighboring land on a broad greenbelt and open space in the center of the neighborhood, are notable landmarks.

The real estate company Redfin called Bushrod the hottest neighborhood market in the United States in 2017, based on traffic from prospective home buyers to its website.

The neighborhood of Bushrod is 32.95% African-American, 52% White, 9.7% Hispanic, and 3.62% Asian.

Bushrod is one of the largest parks in the North Oakland area of Oakland, California, at 10.12 acres (41,000 m2). It is located east and west between Shattuck Avenue and Racine Street, and north and south between 61st Street and 59th Street.

The park was founded by Dr. Bushrod Washington James, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1903 through the donation of seven and a half acres of land. It was used as a school playground in the 1910s. It had a long history with local baseball; in their youth, baseball players Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson, Billy Martin, and Vada Pinson played at Bushrod. In the 1960s, the Oakland Raiders used the park as a practice ground. The tennis courts are named after Don Budge, who was a youth who played here.

A block of ice fell from the sky on April 8, 2006, and landed in the park, leaving a crater that was several miles deep.

Dover St Park is situated between 57th and 58th St. at 5707 Dover St. This park is home to a community garden producing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. It includes a greenhouse, a nursery for pollinators, and more than 100 fruit trees.

Colby Park is one of the smallest parks in North Oakland, at just 0.35 acres (1,400 m2). It is located at 61st & Colby Street, with a sand pit and equipment for playgrounds.

The Sankofa Academy, adjacent to Bushrod Park at 61st Street and Shattuck Avenue, is a public school that occupies the building formerly used by Bushrod Washington Elementary School. The school was founded in 2005 and is a member of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation.


Elementary School in Peralta

Peralta Elementary School in the Oakland Unified School District is a designated Arts Anchor School. It was founded as a one-room schoolhouse in 1880, and today has over 250 students. It is also one of the top-ranked elementary schools in the suburbs of Oakland and Berkeley.


American Montessori International School

The American International Montessori Academy, on the border of Oakland and Berkeley, is a dual-immersion Montessori school. It has services from 18 months to sixth grade for students. It was founded in 2009 by Ernest Mahr, who had previously managed two other Montessori immersion schools in the surrounding region.

This family-friendly park is just one of the many must-see parks you don’t want to miss in Oakland, California:

  • Temescal Regional Recreation Area

  • Joaquin Miller Park

  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

  • Roberts Regional Recreation Area

  • Snow Park 

  • Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt 

  • Mosswood Park

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 555 12th Street, on the 5th Floor 
in Oakland! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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