Title

Oakland’s Nineteenth Century Parks and Resorts: "Lungs of the City," Commercial Sporting Venues, and Instruments of Civic Boosterism

SMC Author

Deane Lamont

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

Kinesiology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation and Community

Editor

Rita Liberti & Maureen Smith

Publisher/Venue

Fayetteville. The University of Arkansas Press

Description/Abstract

In 1850, California became the nation’s thirty-first state. Just two years later, Oakland was incorporated as a city and very soon thereafter its leaders set aside valuable downtown space for parks and declared their intention to expend considerable public funds on maintaining them. This action was motivated, in part, by many people of the time believing that urban gardens and parks could help defend and recover the physical and psychological health of city residents. Oakland’s early entrepreneurs capitalized on the city’s pastoral setting and the public’s desire for healthy and entertaining outdoor recreation by establishing numerous for-profit parks, pleasure gardens,...

Scholarly

yes

DOI

10.2307/j.ctt1hj9xmz.6

ISBN

9781682260203

First Page

1

Last Page

24

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Kinesiology

Original Citation

Lamont, Deane. “Oakland’s Nineteenth Century Parks and Resorts: ‘Lungs of the City, Commercial Sporting Venues, and Instruments of Civic Boosterism.’” A chapter in San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation and Community. Fayetteville. The University of Arkansas Press. 2017.

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