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Urban parks contribute to the vitality of communities in various ways: 

  • Helping youth to build physical, intellectual, emotional, and social strengths;
  • Helping residents improve their health by providing a place to enjoy fresh air and exercise;
  • Helping to build community through working together and playing together;
  • Lowering crime-when youth are off the street engaged in after school recreation programs crime takes a holiday.
  • Oakland Parks Need You!

Become a Park Steward
A Park Steward is a neighbor, a park user or business that watches out for the quality and condition of a local park, ball field, or median strip and assists in making improvements. Park stewards are a precious asset to Oakland and they are recognized and honored at the OPC's Annual Meeting in January.

Stewardship Pledge Form

Find a park that needs a steward.

What do our stewards do? Find out here.

Park Stewards Make the Difference

The OPC Stewards' Tool Kit provides you with suggestions on how to get started building neighborhood support for a park group and how to sustain it. 

Resource List

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Park User Questionnaire

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Park Survey

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Workday Check List

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Tips for Sustaining Support

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Basic Stewardship Role:

    Fill out park evaluation in the fall of each year on Love Your Parks Day.

    Monitor and report any park problems as needed.

    Follow-up to be sure problem is resolved.

Many stewards also choose to:

    Build community participation to assist in caring for the park.

    Establish collaborative relationships with city maintenance staff.

    Assist staff in determining capital improvement priorities for their park.

Volunteers at William Wood Park

Please contact us to become a park steward or pledge now!