LOCATION: Community

About the Alameda Community

Parks and Recreation
Community Organizations

Alameda offers the best of small-town living, with its welcoming neighborhoods, excellent schools and plentitude of parks and green space.

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Alameda’s schools are among the most innovative in the Bay Area. Within the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) there are 12 elementary; three middle schools: and three high schools. To support learning from the start, the AUSD class size ratio is 1 teacher per 20 students for grades K-3.

Under the City of Alameda Allen Bill part and full-time employees of companies located in Alameda can send their children to Alameda Public Schools, subject to available space.

Alameda also offers a public adult school and community college, in addition to several private schools.

For more information about the Alameda Unified School District call (510) 748-4000 or go to http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us.


An eclectic collection of vintage architectural gems, from stately Victorians and cozy Craftsman-style bungalows to Spanish revivals and quaint Cottage-style homes line Alameda’s tree-lined streets. Alameda also offers a range of options for relaxed waterside living.

There are some 30,000 residences in Alameda that are almost evenly split between owner-occupied dwellings and those available for rent.

For more information about buying a home in Alameda, or a list of Alameda realtors, contact the Alameda Association of Realtors at (510) 523-7229.

Parks and Recreation

Alameda is filled with parks offering open space, recreational facilities and shoreline access. Within the community there are 18 parks; two large beach side recreation areas — Crab Cove Shoreline Park and Crown Point State beach; the Chuck Corica Golf Complex; tennis courts sprinkled throughout the island; two swim centers; several public boat ramps; and miles of well-maintained bicycle paths.

At Crab Cove Shoreline Park, the visitor center helps to increase public understanding of the environmental importance of San Francisco Bay and ocean ecosystems. And Crown State Beach’s showpiece is its 2.5-mile beach, with sand dunes bordering a bicycle trail.

For more information, go to http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation/.

Community Organizations

A community-minded city, Alameda is home to a range of cultural, civic and community groups.

Civic organizations include local chapters of Rotary; Lions; Kiwanis; Soroptimists International; the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Cultural entities such as the Altarena Playhouse and the Alameda Civic Light Orchestra provide top-caliber theatre and music for the enjoyment of Alameda residents and businesses.

Alameda’s roster of community groups includes the Boys and Girls Club of America; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; the International Red Cross; the Humane Society and a range of other youth, senior and service organizations.

For more information about Alameda organizations, go to http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/About-Alameda/Community-Resources.

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