Tyrone Carney Park was a city of Oakland park located at 10501 Acalanes Drive. It is named for Tyrone Edward Carney (January 29, 1948 - June 17, 1968), "the first African-American from the neighborhood to die in combat in Vietnam, in 1968, at the age of 20. Carney grew up in Sobrante Park. He was a Boy Scout who planned on being a minister, and he signed up to go to war so others wouldn’t have to, neighbors who remember him say." Carney was a graduate of Castlemont High School.
The city closed the park in 2002 after a drug-related shooting. 3 People in the neighborhood have been working to re-open it, either as an open plaza or as a park. 1
Links and References
- East Oakland Park May Get a Third Act New York Times March 20, 2012
- Tyrone Edward Carney on Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces
- Oakland fences off Tyrone Carney Park, home of brazen drug gang SFGate.com November 9, 2002
- Bearing Witness to a Tragedy East Bay Express December 11, 2002