W
e are hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, dog owners, cross country runners, historians, writers, and neighbors — all dedicated to maintaining, preserving and enhancing the rich natural legacy that was originally the home of the late 19th Century poet and environmentalist, Joaquin Miller.

Volunteers needed, Cascade Work Day
Saturday, August 30th | 8:30am-1pm

Oakland’s magnificent 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park draws visitors from all over the city to enjoy hiking, jogging, mountain biking, and picnicking in its redwood groves, its meadows or creekside. There’s a cool tot-lot for kids, an off-leash dog park and old and young alike attend musical and theatrical performances at Woodminster. There’s even an equestrian arena! This park offers something for everyone.

One of the unique aspects of this park is the Cascade, its grand stairway and the pool below. In good times the expansive planters surrounding the pool (aka, the Dancing Fountain”) and those smaller planters bordering the grand stairway provide a beautiful backdrop for photos–especially wedding and graduation pictures–and a serene place to just relax. Sadly, those planters have mostly gone to seed.Together, we can clean up the planters, prepare them for new landscaping, and restore the area to its former beauty!

You are invited to join the Friends to clean up these planters and prepare them for new landscaping. The work will be basically weeding, pruning, and mulching. There will be plenty of tools on hand but, if you prefer, bring your own good pair of gloves and pruning clippers and/or your favorite weeding tool. You’ll be working in full sun so a hat will come in handy and don’t forget a bottle of water that you can clip on while working (we’ll have plenty of water available for refills).

Registration for the workday begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 30 and work will end around 1 p.m. Sign in at the pool area just up the hill from Joaquin Miller Road. After morning snacks you will be assigned to a work team.

Directions: from Highway 13 turn onto Joaquin Miller Road and proceed about .4 (4/10) of a mile to the break in the median. Make a U-turn and park on the street just above or below the “dancing fountain” area.

Please RSVP at oaklandparkscoalition@gmail.com if you wish to participate.

Join the Friends today!

interpretive signBy joining Friends of Joaquin Miller Park (FOJMP), your donation is put directly into programs that improve Joaquin Miller Park for all its many users. Recent accomplishments include adding the off-leash dog area, rerouting eroding trails, creating a new trail map, and installing interpretive signs and directional trail markers.

FOJMP has a number of programs that might be of interest to you:

• Installing new trail signs
• Working to restore Joaquin Miller’s Abbey, both the structure and grounds
• Restoration work at the Fern Ravine wetlands and nearby redwoods
• Improving the gates at the dog off-leash area
• Restoring the Sinawik Cabin site
• Continuing to improve trail safety and usability
• New entrance portal on Joaquin Miller Road

Come work with us on these and other projects to make the park more visitor-friendly and help improve trail safety.

Board meetings of the Friends are held monthly, normally on the 2nd Monday, from 8:30 to 10 AM, at the Joaquin Miller Community Center. (We do on occasion switch up the dates, so check our Calendar for the next meeting.) The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of various stakeholders in the park, including hikers, cyclists, equestrians, dog owners, local homeowner groups and city staff. All meetings are open to the public, and we invite your participation. A public comment session is provided at the start of the meeting for anyone who would like to bring issues to the board.

Check the calendar for upcoming events, or drop us a note at info@fojmp.org if you have any questions. Once again, welcome, and we’ll see you on the trail, at the dog run, in the theater, or volunteering on a restoration project.

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