Bushrod Park, Oakland, California

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Bushrod Park
Shattuck Avenue entrance to Bushrod Park
Shattuck Avenue entrance to Bushrod Park
Location of Bushrod Park in Oakland
Location of Bushrod Park in Oakland
Coordinates: 37°50′45″N 122°15′49″W / 37.84576°N 122.26358°W / 37.84576; -122.26358
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The Bushrod Park neighborhood in North Oakland, Oakland, California is an area surrounding its namesake park, and bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to the west, Claremont Avenue to the east, Highway 24 to the south, and the Berkeley border to the north.[1] It borders the neighborhoods of Sante Fe to the west, Fairview Park to the east, and Temescal and Shafter to the south and southeast, respectively. Notable landmarks include the Bushrod Park ballfields and the former Bushrod Washington Elementary School, which share adjoining land on a large greenbelt and open space in the heart of the neighborhood.


Bushrod Park[edit]

Bushrod Ballfields

At 10.12 acres (41,000 m2),[2] Bushrod is one of the largest parks in the North Oakland section of Oakland, California. It is located between Shattuck Avenue and Racine Street to the east and west, and between 61st Street and 59th Street to the north and south.

The park was established in 1903 through the donation of seven and a half acres of land[3] by Dr. Bushrod Washington James, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][4] In the 1910s it was used as a school playground.[3] It has had a long association with local baseball; baseball players Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson, Billy Martin, and Vada Pinson played at Bushrod in their youth.[5] In the 1960s, the park was used as a practice field by the Oakland Raiders.[6][7]

On April 8, 2006, a block of ice fell from the sky and landed in the park, leaving a crater that was several feet wide.[8][9]

Neighborhood Demographics[edit]

The Bushrod Park neighborhood is 32.95% African-American, 52% White, 9.7% Hispanic, and 3.62% Asian [1]

Colby Park[edit]

Colby Park as seen from Colby Street

At only 0.35 acres (1,400 m2), Colby Park is one of the smallest parks in North Oakland. It is situated at 61st & Colby Street, and features a sand pit and playground equipment.


Sankofa Academy[edit]

Sankofa Academy logo

The Sankofa Academy is a public school that occupies the building previously used by the Bushrod Washington Elementary School, adjacent to Bushrod Park at 61st Street and Shattuck Avenue.[10] The school was founded in 2005[11] and is a member of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation.[12]

Peralta Elementary School[edit]

Peralta Elementary School

Peralta Elementary School is a designated arts anchor school in the Oakland Unified School District. It was established in 1880 as a one-room schoolhouse, and today has over 250 students. It is also one of the top ranked Elementary schools in the Oakland and Berkeley neighborhoods.[13]

Coordinates: 37°50′45″N 122°15′49″W / 37.84576°N 122.263580°W / 37.84576; -122.263580


  1. ^ "Neighborhood Search Map". Oakland Museum of California. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  2. ^ "Parks Listing — City of Oakland Parks and Recreation website". Archived from the original on 2008-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c Joseph Baker. Alameda County History:Past and Present of Alameda County, California. S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.
  4. ^ "Bequests by Dr. James". New York Times. January 17, 1903.
  5. ^ "Baseball's summer classic -- back in the Bay Area". USA Today. 2007-07-10.
  6. ^ "A Visit to Bushrod — City of Oakland, Parks and Recreation website". Archived from the original on 2005-12-14.
  7. ^ Lee Grosscup (August 1967). "Spying in Pro Football". SPORT. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.
  8. ^ "Huge Block Of Ice Falls From Sky In Oakland". 2006-04-09. Archived from the original on 2008-03-25.
  9. ^ Johnson, Jason B. (2006-04-09). "Flying ice chunk leaves hole — and mystery — in park". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  10. ^ "OAKLAND: The Birth of a School / At Sankofa Academy, even the principal's new", San Francisco Chronicle, September 25, 2005
  11. ^ "OAKLAND / Transcending the ABCs / Sankofa Academy encourages students to express opinions", San Francisco Chronicle, April 3, 2006
  12. ^ "Sankofa Academy : Oakland Small Schools Foundation". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16.
  13. ^ "Welcome back to Peralta!".


Panoramic view of the neighborhood surrounding Bushrod Park.