Several areas within Oakland have gone through much needed renovations, as our city swiftly shifts toward the tech industry. However, several of our parks, located within our more disadvantaged neighborhoods, have been severely neglected. For example, 88th Avenue Mini Park, located in the heart of Oakland's more economically challenged communities, is in severe need of renovation.
This play site's small structure lacks several basic amenities, that parks in more economically secure communities have, such as: a slide, play manipulatives, swing, and equipment to accommodate youth younger than six years old. There is plenty of open space for play equipment, however, this site barely has anything for children to play on or with. The lack of equipment is so bad, that children have resorted to filling up empty alcohol bottles with sand, to play with at the park. It is sad that people even leave graffiti and empty alcohol bottles at a place for child’s play, however, the lack of Oakland's leadership in investing in our parks, shows the community that the space shouldn’t be treated respectfully.
We are working to secure funding to restore and renovate this park, as well as others. In this way, we can show that ALL children in Oakland deserve a decent and safe place to play, within their own neighborhood.
With your contribution, we can pay for the cost of labor to remove this structure, to begin renovations. With your help, we can re-claim this space as a descent and safe place for our children to flourish, and exercise through play.