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About this Spot

This segment includes the Amphitheater, the Lake Chalet. and the parklands clockwise around the lake to Madison St. included here is the green space in front of Alameda County Court House.

Trash Note

Trash is a mix of litter and campsite detritus. The is a trash field next to a campsite near the underpass heading to the channel that we haven’t been able to clean because the campsite resident asked us not to.


Avoid cleaning active campsites unless you talk to the residents and get guidance from residents about what can be taken away. Potentially needles around homeless campsites.

Hazards & Safety

Watch for both cars and bikes, especially along the bikes paths. Medians are hazardous when there’s traffic, partly from cars striking pedestrians, but also by causing cars to veer out of the way. Always face traffic when cleaning along a roadway. Always wear a neon vest when working along a roadway. Most campsites welcome respectful cleanup work, but some campsite residents can be hostile. You should work in pairs or small groups around campsites, and please read and absorb our guidelines for working around campsites. The campsite on South side of the amphitheater, near the underpass heading the Channel should be avoided. The campsite directly under the eucalyptus tree north of the bathrooms, should be avoided. Resident is hostile.

Getting There & Parking

This location is the parking lot for the Oakland Library Maintenance Division, and is a good place to stage a group from on weekends. We have previously gotten permission to use this lot.

Trash Disposal

Put bagged trash next to cans. Securely tie bags, with zip ties if available. Wildlife will go after fresh (but rarely old) litter, but tied bags minimizes the issue, and turns a large problem into a small one. For larger amounts (e.g. abandoned campsites) stage trash: at least 50’ from active campsites safely out of the right-of-way where it can be easily and safely loaded into a truck. There is no need to report bagged trash next to cans, but larger amounts should be reported via the Oak311 App or Website Needles should be collected in a plastic bottle with a secure lid and taken to a needle disposal site.

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