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VIDEO: To no avail, residents use OAK311 app to clean up Lafayette Square Park

on May 17, 2023

Many Oakland residents are using the OAK311 app to report the poor conditions of their community parks, where debris is dumped, benches are splintered and children are playing on rusted equipment.

The city says it hears the complaints but does not have the budget or manpower to address all the issues. That frustrates residents like Meredith Triplet, who lives near Lafayette Square Park downtown, where trash cans are overflowing, grass is overgrown and the playground equipment is chipped, peeling or broken.

After recently filing a 311 report with the city and seeing that many others had done so too, Triplet conceded, “I don’t think anything really is going to happen.”

Lafayette Square Park
Trash piles up at Lafayette Square Park in downtown Oakland (Screenshot, Aneta Felix video)


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