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Parks, Trees & City Landscapes
Facts About Oakland's Infrastructure – Parks & Open Spaces
- There are over 640 acres (one acre is about the size of a football field) of developed parks, public grounds, plazas and open space properties and 1,200 acres of open space.
- This acreage includes 134 City parks and public grounds.
- This also includes 100 streets landscaped with medians, special lighting and other amenities, such as Bancroft Avenue and Hegenberger Road.
- We provide service for over 300 water meters in landscaped areas throughout the City.
- A Park Equipment Operator has up to 37 facilities to mow during a week; mowing of grass occurs about every 3 weeks at each of the 126 locations.
- Each Gardener covers about 11 acres of developed park property, including litter removal at 85 parks weekly.
- Routine maintenance has been eliminated at 212 small parks and medians due to staffing shortages.
- You can Report a Problem in any City park, by calling the Public Works Call Center at (510) 615-5566.
- Due to budget cuts the City is not currently pruning trees, if it's determined that it's aesthetic pruning. If it's a hazard or emergency tree issue call the PWA Call Center 510-615-5566. Here are the guidelines to prune a sidewalk tree. Prune Your Own City Tree Guidelines
- If you want to plant your own sidewalk tree. Choose from the list of approved City trees and follow the guidelines for planting a tree. Plant Your Own City Tree Guidelines
See also programs, classes and activities under the City of Oakland Office of Parks & Recreation.
Facilities Planning & Development
Facilities Planning & Development:
- Responds to grant opportunities for Parks & Recreational Facilities Capital Projects and provide administrative tracking and grant reimbursement support
- Administers over $29 million of capital grants for 46 parks and recreational facilities projects
- Plans for future parks Capital projects funding priorities
- Liaisons with Parks and Recreation on current projects
- Manages special Parks and Recreation capital projects (Studio One, Oakland Museum Renovation, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, etc.)
- Coordinate the development of Parks projects and contracts for non-profit management (Bella Vista Park, Union Point Park, Bertha Port Park, F.M. Smith Mule Repair, etc.)
- Administers Street Furniture Program/Franchise Agreement
Parks, Trees & City Landscapes
Parks, Trees and City Landscapes is responsible for parks, medians, waterfront trails, open space properties and routine building maintenance of park buildings, fire stations, Head Start centers and senior centers and a wide variety of other building structures including parking lots. Park maintenance includes litter pickup and removal, pruning, weeding, turf mowing, irrigation system repairs and planting.
The Oakland Office of Parks & Recreation also operates many other special programs, classes and activities. You can find more information about them at Parks and Recreation. Additionally, we maintain:
- 87,628 linear feet of park fencing
- 101,688 linear feet of park pathways
- 134 parks and public grounds
- 104 street medians
- 5 swimming pools
- 75 basketball courts
- 48 tennis courts
- 51 field house restrooms
- a variety of park amenities