FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2017
OAKLAND, CA – OAKLAND PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION announces the release of its 11th Community Report Card on the State of Maintenance in Oakland Parks. The report is a product of a large survey performed each year by the organization and dozens of volunteers in the Oakland community and then released to top city officials including Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, the Oakland City Council, and the directors of Oakland Parks and Recreation and the Public Works Administration.
A total of 112 parks were surveyed last fall and the report was constructed from those results. In terms of an overall grade, the findings pertaining to park conditions were very similar to the previous year’s survey. The three areas of greatest concern detailed in the new report are: the poor condition of greenery and trees, poor restroom conditions, and homelessness in the parks.
According to Stewardship Committee chair and principal author, Susan Montauk, “The survey reveals park needs that go beyond the core recommendations in this report. We highlighted the three greatest concerns in order to effectively advocate for improvements that will produce the greatest impact on park conditions.” The report will be hand-delivered to individual Oakland City officials and Mayor Schaaf in the coming weeks and a presentation outlining the report findings will be made in February to the City Council’s Public Works Committee.
Ken Lupoff, the Parks Foundation’s Executive Director stated that, “This report is the product of uncountable hours work by our Stewardship Committee, community Park Stewards, and many other community members. The report enables us to identify shortcomings in the state of our city’s parks, and to work with our colleagues at the City of Oakland to formulate policies and funding mechanisms to mitigate these problems.”
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Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)3 that provides financial and volunteer resources and advocacy for recreation programs and parks in Oakland, California.