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Neglected Oakland parks get some love from residents

on October 4, 2010

With more than 3,000 acres of open space–including medians, hiking trails, sports areas, and playgrounds–Oakland has some of the most parkland among American cities. But as the city’s parkland has increased over the years, the staff serving it has decreased. Susan Montauk of the Oakland Parks Coalition called on residents to help survey conditions of the city’s recreational areas for the 5th annual Love Your Parks Day on Oct. 2.

Listen to how Oakland residents spent a day surveying conditions of the city’s parks and other recreational areas, many of which have fallen into disarray.


  1. Rev. Dr. Jasper Lowery on October 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Please let me comment to the Grove Shafter Park issue. Last summer Urojas Community Services adopted this park to help the City keep it clean and to process the loveones that depend on this park for life support and social encounters. On each occausion we were charged a fee even to host an event to give to the community, the City said we only have a discount for non-profits in which we are. So we paid the City to clean there park and give out free meals, even to draw the community out for a good time to find out what type of resources are needed in this area to clean it up. I personally feel that SOMETHING IS TRULY WRONG IN OAKLAND IN THE PLAN TO CLEAN IT UP. We have helped over 4000 people with housing in the last 12 years, without traditional or untraditional funding from the City or County. So the worst part of attempting to adopt a park is the fact that you have to pay in the process. By the way we fed over 200 and took 2 people home with us on each of these events, had the Fire Department Present with the trucks. Why is it that We can be a Blessing but cannot receive a Blessing when it comes to Oakland and our Parks. So the assignment got to expensive for us to help our City WOW!

  2. Rev. Dr. Jasper Lowery on October 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Please let me respond to the Grove Shafter Park remarks. Last summer Urojas Community Services made a vow to adoupt this park to help the City to keep it up and to process the individuals from the community that depended on the park for life support and social encounters. We were charged for every event which was designed to process the individuals that needed resources and support. So they would not have to live in the park etc. The City stated there were only discount prices for non-profits which we are, and we paid for two seperate events,one of which we fed the people for free gave out nice cloths, even gave supported housing to individuals that were homeless. How is it that we are charged to Bless our community, in which we do for free. Something is TRULY WRONG IN OAKLAND WHEN YOU BEGAN TO SEE THIS. IVE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE, I WAS A PROBLEM BUT NOW IM A

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