Petition is successful with 1,268 signatures
To: Alameda Recreation and Parks Commission, City Council
Rename Jackson Park
On January 19, 2021, the City Council voted to change the former Jackson Park name to Chochenyo Park. The decision comes nearly three years after the initial 2018 request and a months-long community process in 2020.
Four City Council members approved the name. Councilman Tony Daysog opposed.
Alameda’s first park was named after President Andrew Jackson in 1909. In 2018, we petitioned to Rename Jackson Park because Andrew Jackson’s “oppression of African and Native American peoples. Chochenyo is the language of the local tribe of the indigenous Ohlone peoples.
After the murder of George Floyd, Rename Jackson park reemerged and gathered over 1,000 additional signatures and pushed the Recreation and Parks Commission and City Council to dename the park. We also demanded an inclusive and transparent community-led effort “to rename the park to recognize the atrocities committed by President Andrew Jackson and bring justice and healing.”
This spring, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department will install a new sign at Chochenyo Park and the City and Schools are exploring ways to uplift indigenous histories.