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Jim was a park director for ARPD before moving on to work in the City of Oakland recreation program. He’s also the father of Edison Indian Greg Battersby,

Tours of Duty: Lincoln 

Jim Battersby today.

Jim Battersby today.

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Park Director

Rich Bullock, Sr. was the Director at Lincoln when Tom “Sam” Spear made his legendary catch as a Lion outfielder. After his directing days, Rich settled down to produce his own nest of park rats and accomplished athletes. Rich was also very active in community events, including the successful “Save Edison Playground” movement. Neighborhood kids who proudly wore the Edison Indians colors went door-to-door gathering signatures to petition City powers that the Edison School playground continue as part of the recreation and parks program. They won the day!

A nice body of work Rich, worthy of consideration for the Alameda Park Rat Hall of Fame!

Tours of Duty: Lincoln (1958)

No photo available at this time… check the scrapbooks!

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Can you guess which of the people in the photo below will be at the First Pitch Party on Thursday night at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex?

The Rittler Park staff, Bob Machin, Steve Cressy and Keri Spaulding, keep The Maltese Falcone company on Family Night in September 1975.

The Rittler Park staff, Bob Machin, Steve Cressy and Keri Spaulding, keep The Maltese Falcone company on Family Night in September 1975.

We’ll give you a hint: It won’t be former Giants pitcher Pete “The Maltese” Falcone.

VIP Tickets for the March 20 gala benefit are sold out! However, there are still General Admission tickets available for just $10.00. Come on down and see many of your park directors from back in the day. I guarantee that Bill Lietz will NOT be handing out bicycle tickets.

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The ARPD program has always been a model organization. Whether it was baseball, softball, basketball, flag football, arts & crafts, fishing derbies, camps, or sand castle contests, at the core of it all was community. I would argue that the parks were the single most important driver of community in Alameda’s post WWII history.

At the center of every activity was the park director. Paid recreation professionals who were trained in providing a great experience and coaching for every child who came to the parks. As Sam Spear said in his interview for PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Saga “It was inclusive”. The directors were trained to made it so.

One could also argue that every park director was legendary in their own right. Among the elite, was Audrey Elderts who could be spotted anywhere on the park property by her trademark floppy hat. In recent exchanges on Facebook, a number of West End kids fondly recalled Audrey as someone who made an impact on their lives. The photo above features Audrey at a Family Night Picnic in September 1975, accompanied by her equally legendary colleagues Roger Alexander and Chuck Higgins. The Contaxis family is shown toasting their ARPD hosts with some lemonade.

For a taste of community, please join us for the First Pitch Benefit Party at the Alameda Theatre on March 20. Roger Alexander will be there in all his legendary glory! Don’t miss out!

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Park Rat and Park Director

A Lincoln Lions player (1954-60) who moved up after Little Coast and Police League to the ranks of park director.

Tours of Duty: McKinley (1960-61)

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ARPD Park Director

Tours of Duty: Franklin, Rittler

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Park Director

Tours of Duty: Woodstock (1985), Lincoln (1986-87)

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