Date posted: April 13, 2022 at 11:56 am
Last update: April 13, 2022 at 12:09

On Saturday, April 23, Oakland Public Works (OPW) will be back outdoors with neighborhood cleanups of streets, sidewalks, schools, parks, and along creeks and other waterways. Volunteers will pick up litter, remove graffiti, weeds and plants, and restore native habitats. Information and registration available at www.oaklandearthday.org.

This year, OPW will sponsor seven event sites. Sites include Chinatown, Rainbow Community Garden, Jingletown, Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, Brockhurst Community Cleanup, Courtland Creek Park, and FROG Park & ​​Temescal Greenbelt.

“Oaklanders in every neighborhood are motivated and organized to clean up and green our city, and we’re excited to come back together in person,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Returning to in-person Earth Day cleanup assistance is just the latest step in our work to make Oakland cleaner and safer for everyone: In the past few months alone, we have improved tenant access to free bulky garbage collection service and piloted a new and improved illegal dumpsite surveillance camera program. There’s a lot more to come and this year’s Earth Day is the next big step – come be a part of it!”

“Oakland is a beautiful city, with the riches of the Earth within our borders: beautiful coves, trees, shores and gentle coastal breezes. It’s wonderful that the Oaklanders have a proud tradition of community service on Earth Day, and Oakland Public Works is thrilled as we resume in-person volunteer events this year,” said OPW Director G Harold Duffey. “We also invite our community to make it Earth Day all
daytime. Our dedicated staff strives to provide a cleaner Oakland every day of the year, and working together, we can take pride in the clean, healthy environment we provide our families.

Tree planting at Arroyo Viejo Park will take place on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23. OPW Parks and Tree Services staff will help the community plant 80 climate-appropriate trees, mostly oaks. Oakland Tech High School’s Eco Group and Trees for Oakland are helping with the planting.

OPW looks forward to seeing and working with the Earth Day community. Join us at one of these locations – there’s one in every City Council district:

Volunteer site

Meeting place

Chinatown-Madison Park

810 Jackson Street

Rainbow NC Community Garden

6015 Bancroft Ave

jingletown

2639 E 9th St.

Ira Jinkins Recreation Center

401 Jones Street

Brockhurst Community Cleanup

Meet at Brockhurst St & Market St

Courtland Creek Park

2518 Courtland Avenue

FROG Park and Temescal Greenbelt

5500 Claremont Ave.

The sites listed above can accommodate large groups of volunteers. Groups of 10 or more must confirm their attendance with the project site coordinator. Individuals and small groups are encouraged, but not required, to RSVP.

To visit www.oaklandearthday.org for complete project listings, an interactive map and project coordinator information. Please also consider sharing the QR code to access Earth Day information:

Oakland Earth Day QR Code