Oakland Earth Day Volunteers Clean and Green Oakland Saturday, April 23

City support for in-person volunteering was suspended at the height of the pandemic; City staff and community volunteer leaders are excited to resume safe, outdoor event support

On Saturday, April 23, Oakland Public Works (OPW) will be back outside with neighborhood clean-ups of streets, sidewalks, schools, parks, and along creeks and other waterways. Volunteers will pick up litter, remove graffiti, weed and plant, and restore native habitats. Information and registration are available at oaklandearthday.org.

This year OPW will sponsor seven event sites. The 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 and green our town, and we are so excited to be coming back out in person together,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. “A return to in-person Earth Day cleanup support is just the latest step in our work to make Oakland cleaner and safer for everybody: in just the last few months we’ve improved renter access to free bulky trash pickup service, and piloted a new-and-improved illegal dumping surveillance camera program. There is lots 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 Earth’s riches within our borders: beautiful creeks, trees, shorelines and mild coastal breezes. It’s wonderful that Oaklanders have a proud tradition of community service on Earth Day, and Oakland Public Works is excited as we resume in-person volunteer events this year,” OPW Director G. Harold Duffey said. “We also invite our community to make it Earth Day every day. Our dedicated staff are working to provide a cleaner Oakland every day of the year, and by working together we can be proud of the clean, healthy environment we provide for 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 support the community in planting 80 climate-appropriate trees, primarily oaks. Oakland Tech High School’s Eco Group and Trees for Oakland are participating in the planting.

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

Volunteer Site

Meet up Location

Chinatown- Madison Park

810 Jackson Street

Rainbow NC Community Garden

6015 Bancroft Avenue


2639 E 9th St.

Ira Jinkins Recreation Center

401 Jones street

Brockhurst Community Cleanup

Meeting at Brockhurst St & Market St

Courtland Creek Park

2518 Courtland Ave

FROG Park & Temescal Greenbelt

5500 Claremont Ave

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

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
Oakland Earth Day QR Code


Sean Maher
Citywide Director of Communications & Engagement


Posted: April 13th, 2022 11:56 AM

Last Updated: April 13th, 2022 12:09 PM

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