Health . Wealth . Stability
About 1.2 miles of the San Leandro Creek runs through deep East Oakland starting from Sobrante Park, passing through Columbia Gardens pouring into the San Leandro Bay at the MLK Jr. Shoreline Park.
We envision a Greenway along this part of the creek to turn this space from a place of dumping & other unwanted activities, to a community asset where existing deep East Oakland residents can access quality green space and bike/pedestrian trails.
Sobrante Park & Brookfield
"I use to try to catch trout [from the creek] when I was 8, 9 years old"
-LJ, Sobrante Park Resident
Over the past few years, our team and the Higher Ground After School Program has engaged the youth at Madison Park Academy to explore educational uses for the creek. Most desired was an outdoor classroom to increase curriculum and programming for sustainability and ecology.
This section of Sobrante and Brookfield is traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory. Located at the Planting Justice Nursery is the Sogorea Te' Land Trust. Many residents would like to see the Ohlone people's culture honored throughout the public art and design of this section.
Columbia Gardens &
"It will be great to enjoy free and fun outdoor activities with my son just 5 minutes from the house "
-Tichelle, North Stonehurst Resident
In addition to designing the creek to honor and uplift the cultures that have occupied these neighborhoods, we are committed to a local hire process that trains and employs residents as safety, stewardship, and maintenance ambassadors for the San Leandro Creek Greenway.
Not only are we aiming to hire locals, but to also manufacture locally through the partnerships with both commercial and educational fab labs and maker spaces to fabricate the signs and benches right here in East Oakland.