Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 5:20 pm in Uncategorized.
Tonight a community-based project to spruce up some of our lovely historic parks will be hanging out around the Frank Ogawa Plaza from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with their funky green workcart. They’re looking for a few good Oaklanders (and neighbors) to do some park maintenance as well as story-telling about why urban green space is important to you. Your stories will be added to their website, www.10000stepsoakland.org, an-ever growing record of Oaklanders’ relationships to the parks. More about 10,000 Steps…10,000 Steps is a unique collaboration between marksearch (Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas), an independent artistic cultural research team, and the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation. In this two-year stewardship project, the artists are working with neighbors and community groups that surround four historic parks in downtown Oakland – Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln and Madison Square Parks – to beautify and draw attention to green urban public space.
The team has co-hosted many park greening events in and around the parks: clean-ups, picnics, and community gardening. Future events include the creation of butterfly gardens in Madison and Lincoln Square Parks as well as a youth bench-building project at the Lincoln Rec Center. Check out the 10,000 Steps schedule (in the ‘about’ section) at www.10000stepsoakla nd.org . 10,000 Steps will culminate in a series of permanently marked self-guided walking tours in downtown Oakland that will lead people to these parks. This project is generously supported by the Creative Work Fund, Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation and local community groups and businesses.
For more information, contact Sue Mark or Bruce Douglas at marksearch@sbcgloba l.net, or Kathy Raymond, Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation, 510-465-1850.