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Bella Vista Park, Oakland before the renovation

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  1. 1. The park as it once was <ul><li>The tennis courts were once the most important element in the park. There were few weekends when they were not in use. But the neighborhood changed. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Asphalt covered everything <ul><li>I don’t know when the asphalt covering was applied, perhaps when Bella Vista School was built? But by the time I arrived in the early 70’s the park was wall to wall asphalt. </li></ul>
  3. 3. There were basketball courts <ul><li>But I seldom saw anyone using them. The rims were generally bent and unusable. This is the NE corner circa 2004. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benches along 11th Avenue <ul><li>Notice the gated 11th Avenue entrance in the rear. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The baseball backstop <ul><li>Despite the asphalt there were baseball games played here, generally by smaller kids. </li></ul>
  6. 6. A play structure near the 11th Avenue gate <ul><li>This was built a short time before the renovation. An arson fire destroyed the structure in about 2005. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The storage building <ul><li>The old storage building that had been decorated with student art. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bella Vista School in the background <ul><li>Taken from near the baseball backstop towards the NE corner of he park. The community garden of the time is middle left. </li></ul>
  9. 9. A portable classroom at Bella Vista School <ul><li>January 2005 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Gate between park and school <ul><li>It was important in those days to keep the two places separated as the park was home to drug dealers, prostitutes and other undesirables. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10th Avenue gate <ul><li>Not much changed here after the renovation </li></ul>
  12. 12. The tennis nets are gone <ul><li>Gradually the tennis courts were vandalized out of existence. The space was used mostly for stickball games against the white wall in the background. </li></ul>
  13. 13. 11th Ave to the left <ul><li>Typical of the overall bleakness of the park at the time. This space was replaced by the native garden. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Another backstop <ul><li>The fence to the right separated the tennis courts from the rest of the park. The sign on the fence concerned some kind of student activity, I think. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 11th Ave gate <ul><li>The new play structure was on the left. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Basketball courts <ul><li>Tennis courts to the left. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tennis courts <ul><li>Note the large palm trees on 9th Avenue boundary markers of the old Borax Estate) to the right rear. </li></ul>
  18. 18. 11th Avenue side <ul><li>Someone forgot their jacket. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Tether ball poles <ul><li>11th Avenue to the left. </li></ul>