Verdese Carter Park Project

The City is partnering with Trust for Public Land (TPL) on a significant improvements project for Verdese Carter Park! Use the link below to be kept up to date on the project meetings, progress or ask us a question.

Start date:
Apr 1, 2024
Completion date:
Apr 30, 2028


Verdese Carter Park is an existing 3.49-acre park in east Oakland. This well-loved park serves an estimated 9,000 residents within a 10-minute walk from the site. The Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) operates out of Verdese Carter Park and has provided years of programming and activities for the community. Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development runs the community garden program.

In partnership with the City of Oakland, Police Activities League (PAL), Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development (OPRYD), Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation (OPRF), and our community stakeholders, TPL engaged in community outreach activities in 2020 to develop a concept design and successfully secure grant funding from the Statewide Parks Program. With this funding, TPL will lead the community re-engagement effort, design and construction of park improvements.

The Concept Design for the park includes: renovated playground area, new park entrance and walking loop path, flexible event plaza with stage and stepped seating, improved safety through additional lighting, flexible gathering spaces, multi-use field (renovation) and flexible lawn space, upgraded site furnishings, additional activity spaces, updated community garden space, and increased shade on site.

Starting in Spring 2024, the City and TPL will lead a new series of design workshops. Come join us!
We will update this site with dates and times for upcoming meetings/workshops.



Project Initiation + Community Re-Engagement
Spring 2024
Design + Approvals
Summer 2024 - Winter 2025
Bid + Award
Spring 2026
Summer 2026 - Spring 2028