20 UCOP volunteers turn out to clean up Channel Park
Earth Day is behind us for this year, but its effects live on.
A team of 20 eager UCOP volunteers and their families came to work the morning of Saturday, April 26, to clean up Channel Park, a segment of the channel between Lake Merritt and the Oakland estuary that is also a wildlife refuge.
They edged sidewalks, cleared overgrown plants and removed trash, making the area more enjoyable for the Lake Merritt community and the wildlife that inhabits the open space from the lake to the estuary.
“You may not be aware of how many people walk through the park on their way to Laney College, jog through the park or use it as a shortcut from 7th to 10th,” wrote Judy Johnson, Channel Park steward for the Oakland Parks Coalition, in a letter thanking the volunteers.
Next time you’re in the area, check out the park (see map) for a walk, some egret watching or to enjoy a few quiet moments.
UCOP Earth Day activities also included a fair, a recycling drive and brown bag as well as two poster sessions featuring students from UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center presenting their projects.
A big thanks to the OP Staff Assembly Earth Day Committee, whose members conceptualized and coordinated the month’s activities; they were Darlene Alvarez, Ryan Chan, Lifang Chiang, Tracy FitzGerald, Peter Forde, Jeannie Malanowski, Annette Morrison-Politeo, Gemma Rieser and Jeanie Urban.