On April 13, the City of Oakley held a ribbon cutting event to open its brand new Community Recreation Center located at 1250 O’Hara Avenue.
The project has been more than a decade in the making. In fact, the city first started talking about a community center back in 1997 with the original Oakley City Council.
The community center is being built in two phases with phase one now complete which includes a 4,152 square foot community room, a 1,239 square foot lobby, and a 1,117 square foot kitchen. The center also includes office, and outdoor patio space. The new facility will be supplemented by existing modular as classroom space until phase two of the building can be completed.
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Diane Burgis called it beautiful and a place that people can connect. Also speaking at the event were representatives from Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office as well as California State Assemblyman Jim Frazier.
Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura says the project was funded by years of savings, parks budget and grants. It also includes a large turf ball field. Councilman Doug Hardcastle called this project one of his easiest votes on the council to move the project forward and now it is a reality.