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bbb_Webster tells us the definition of legend is “a person or thing that inspires.” Great coaches and teachers inspire. Great friends inspire. I can think of no one who inspired more kids on the field and in the classroom than Barry Weiss. When I think of someone who inspired his friends, Bob “Rocko” Rhodes easily comes to mind. Both were giants in life who’s legend lives on even though they are no longer here on earth.

Once again, Alamedans are coming together to honor the memory of those who have touched us. I am pleased to announce that an effort is currently underway for the installation of two memorial benches installed at Krusi Park in honor of both Barry and Bob. The call is going out to all current and former Alameda park families for donations in any amount as we try to raise $4,000 to make this lasting tribute a reality. Funds raised will cover the cost of two benches, memorial plaques, and installation at Krusi Park.

Barry was instrumental in my life as a breakthrough teacher demonstrating how learning could be fun and hard work paid dividends as a player and student. Rocko showed me how to use personality to make people’s lives richer. I am just one of the countless park rats and Alamedans who experienced similar with both of these legends.

Help bring Barry’s famous quote, “Parks make life better” to life by joining Adrienne Alexander, Ann Keltner Weiss, Steve Cressy, Don Ratto, the Alameda Recreation & Park Dept. and PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog in this worthy effort. Please make a contribution today. Send checks payable to Friends of the Park (with notation: Krusi Memorial Bench) to 2226 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501.

Thank you!


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Park Director (1956) – Edison

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Park Director (1956) – Washington

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Park Director (1956) – Lincoln

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Park Director (1956) – Franklin

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Park Director and Asst. Recreation Supervisor (1958-1968) – Estuary, Krusi, Lincoln, Franklin, Woodstock, ARPD Office

Some of Don’s recollections from his time working at the ARPD, “Working for the ARPD gave me the chance to develop my skills as a teacher and coach. The role enabled me to learn how to work with kids of all backgrounds. It was my opportunity to truly understand diversity.

One summer coaching the Lincoln Park Bantam team, we didn’t win a single game. Regardless of the game results, these 12 players showed up for every practice and game. When  they reached high school, two of the kids were named All-League. When I coached at Krusi Park, some of the core players, in the various age groups, ultimately went on to play in the Babe Ruth Program and at higher levels, including college and the pros.

Some of the memorable recreation professionals and park directors for me were Bea Rowney, Lil Arnerich, Ray Luce, Augie Gouig, Don Grant and Bob Howard. Others who really led the kids and liked the youngsters at their parks were Barry Weiss, Paul Klays, and Al Thomas.”

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Park Director (1956) – McKinley

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