The 20th Annual Oakland Earth Day, the city’s largest community volunteer event, drew volunteers from an array of groups including Friends of Sausal Creek, Keep Oakland Beautiful, Starbucks East Bay, the University of California and Bay Area Rapid Transit.
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves on Saturday to enhance the environment through litter pickup, graffiti removal, weeding, planting and creek restoration. Oakland Public Works sponsored the event with support from the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
To supporters, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. “More than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world,” according to Earth Day Network.
At Arroyo Viejo Park, Dwayne Aikens Jr., co-founder of We Lead Ours, said as many as 45 volunteers came to help his group clear trash. Volunteers also fanned out to clean and beautify public green spaces at Cesar Chavez Park, DeFremery Park, Dimond Park, East Oakland Boxing Association, FROG Park/Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt & Creek, Hardy Park, Lake Merritt Sailboat House, and Morcom Rose Garden.