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Upper Lake Merritt Channel / Peralta Park

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About this Spot

Lake Merritt Channel from 10 Street to the Lake, including Peralta Park and the greenway fronting the Kaiser Convention Center.

Trash Note

Trash is a mix of litter and campsite detritus. There is no regular trash removal service for the Peralta Park encampment, so trash middens frequently form here. Oakland Parks has not been responsive on a request for discussions on a solution.


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.

Getting There & Parking

Map location is the Kaiser Convention Center parking lot adjacent Peralta Park. This lot is currently closed due to a renovation of the Center, but the property managers let us use this lot on request. Contact Steve Orme to arrange for lot access.

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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