Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park is a park located at 1900 Rashida Muhammad Street in the Uptown neighborhood. This is a new park in the middle of the Uptown entertainment district. It was under construction for a long time and site of the adjacent Uptown ArtPark which was briefly occupied by Occupy Oakland. The park is home to the Remember Them: Champions For Humanity Monument.
The park was initially known as Uptown Park and then as Fox Square (or Fox Square Park) after being created as part of the Forest City Uptown Residential Project. It was renamed in honor of Henry J. Kaiser in 2010 at the request of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in recognition of the fact that Kaiser Permanente pledged $3 million towards the installation and maintenance of the Remember Them monument. The renaming was supposed to last 10 years with the option of extending the renaming period for another 10 years. The City's website has no information about exercising the extension right, but the City continues to use the Henry J. Kaiser name as of this date.
The Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park was the recipient of the East Bay Express Best Place to Cry in Public Award in 2014.
Phone: (510) 238-PARK
Links and References
- Oakland City Council Resolution No. 82926 C.M.S. adopted July 20, 2010 82926 CMS.pdf
- City of Oakland Agenda Report regarding renaming of Fox Square Park City of Oakland Agenda Report regarding renaming of Fox Square Park.pdf
- Oakland Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission minutes - November 14, 2007 (referencing renaming of Uptown Park) Parks and Rec Advisory Commission minutes - 11-14-2007.pdf
- The City's list of parks: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/Parks/index.htm