Hardy (Frog) Park
Oakland, California 94618
Hardy Park Photos
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The name of this park is somewhat of a misnomer. Officially it began as Hardy Dog Park and is so named in the Oakland Recreation and Parks Dept. However, most locals know it as Frog Park due to the Friends of the Greenbelt (FROG) efforts to raise funds and volunteers to construct the two parks at either end of the Rockridge-Temescal Creek Greenbelt.
Hardy Park is located at Highway 24 at the northeast end of the greenbelt and Redondo Park is located one block past the DMV at the southwest end of the greenbelt. Construction of both parks began in Sept. 2001 and ended in early 2002. I think it is wonderful to note that FROG recruited over 1,300 volunteers to build the parks; they raised $130,000 initially from the community and secured an additional $140,000 to complete the greenbelt; and to this day maintain the parks and greenbelt through regularly scheduled clean-up days. What a fantastic example of a neighborhood coming together!
Hardy Park is a fabulous park for playing at. There are so many possibilities for imaginative play here. From the flowing creek designed to be played in, to the fort -like wooden play structure, to the mosaic turtle in the sand pit, to the train structure- a kid could spend hours here and never get bored.
The pond sits in a grove of redwoods and that grove continues over to the play area, providing ample shade. In the play area there is a spider climbing web, kid-sized picnic benches shaped like lily pads, and bench seating for adults all around the play area. From the play area a very nice paved walking path follows Temescal Creek to Redondo Park.
This truly is a hidden gem!