Volunteers are needed to join in the East Bay Regional Park District's share of the state’s largest volunteer event, the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Participants will help to rid the shoreline of trash and debris, as well as recyclable materials. Of particular concern is the plastic refuse that collects along the shore because of its detrimental effect on the wildlife. In 2011, 4,121 volunteers collected 52,288 lbs. (23.15 tons) of garbage at 16 sites.
Volunteers may choose among nine staging areas in the two counties where cleanup crews may assemble. These are:
• Del Valle Regional Park at the end of Del Valle Park Road in Livermore
• Hayward Regional Shoreline Park at the end of West Winton Avenue in Hayward
• Damon Marsh off Oakport Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland
• Crown Memorial State Beach near the intersection of Park Street and Shoreline Drive in Alameda
Contra Costa County
• Bay Point Shoreline off Hwy 4 near McAvoy Harbor west of Pittsburg
• Martinez Shoreline at the end of Ferry Street in Martinez
• Eckley Pier between Crockett and Port Costa
• Lone Tree Point at the end of Pacific Avenue in Rodeo
• Point Isabel Regional Shoreline at the end of Rydin Road in Richmond
The workday will last from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Volunteers should wear work clothes, gloves, and sturdy shoes and should bring snacks. Please bring a bucket to collect debris and reduce our dependence on plastic bags. While beverages will be provided, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles for water.
The East Bay efforts are part of a statewide volunteer day organized by the California Coastal Commission.
Registration is requested: To volunteer or to obtain more information, call 1-888-327-2757, option 2, or go to our volunteer page. Ages 6+ may participate.