Oakland’s newest sports facility, the East Oakland Sports Center, opened its door to the public on Thursday afternoon.
The 25,000-square-foot facility, located at 9161 Edes Avenue, includes an aquatic center, a fitness room and a dance studio. The center is also surrounded by outdoor tennis courts and baseball fields, making it a “destination venue for Oakland residents,” said Dana Riley, assistant to the director of the Parks and Recreation Office, which supervises the center.
The project, which cost $25 million, is mainly funded by Measure DD (Oakland Trust for Clean Water & Safe Parks) and Measure WW (East Bay Regional Parks funds). However, the center still needs funds for equipment for the 3,600-square-foot fitness room.
Future unfunded phases of the center, according to the Parks and Recreation office, would include an outdoor swimming pool, a two-court basketball gym as well as three outside soccer fields.