OPNA Vision Statement:
Oak Park Neighborhood Association works to make Oak Park the best neighborhood in Sacramento to live, work and play where diversity is valued and unity is achieved.
OPNA Mission Statement:
Oak Park Neighborhood Association, a community building organization, serves as a resource to inform & advocate for the quality of life In our neighborhood.
A LITTLE HISTORY
In the mid-1990’s, Cops & Coffee was created to allow neighbors in the McClatchy Park area of Oak Park to have quality one-on-one time with their neighborhood Problem-Oriented Police (POP) Officers. Originally held in what is now Café Mélange on 2nd Avenue, Cops & Coffee moved to Immaculate Conception, and then to the Oak Park Community Center as attendance grew to include other areas of Oak Park.
This monthly meeting has become a great place to meet neighbors, and to interact in a cooperative partnership with City and County staff and the fine police officers assigned to Oak Park. In 2003, City Council member Lauren Hammond enlisted the Sacramento Mediation Center to help start an official neighborhood association in Oak Park.
Following several community meetings to enlist support, and using workgroups to define how and what the association should be, the Oak Park Neighborhood Association expected to complete its 501(c)(3) status in early 2005; however, they held off on such status to make sure that it fit the group’s overall needs. Many of the interested supporters of the early O.P.N.A. steps were also Cops & Coffee regulars, so there came to be a strong inter-relationship between the two groups. OPNA assumes the priorities of providing resources and outreach, while Cops & Coffee narrows its focus to problem housing and police issues.