The East Bay Regional Park District invites the public to spend a morning outdoors improving East Bay shorelines, during the 33rd annual California Coastal Cleanup coming up Saturday, September 16. The event draws nearly 1,500 participants of all ages to the East Bay Regional Park District’s lakes, beaches and creeks to remove litter and retrieve recyclables. Volunteers are needed to help restore these natural areas.
“It’s all part of our Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative,” said EBRPD General Manager Robert E. Doyle. “Let’s keep the parks in good shape, and in turn we enjoy the benefits, physically and mentally, when we spend time outdoors.”
The Coastal Cleanup day is part of a statewide effort taking place up and down California’s shorelines. East Bay participants have a choice of eight EBRPD locations in which to volunteer. In Alameda County, they are Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore), Crown Memorial State Beach (Alameda), Hayward Regional Shoreline, and Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline (Oakland). In Contra Costa County, choose from Eckley Pier at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline (Crockett), Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline, and both Point Pinole and Point Isabel Regional Shorelines (Richmond).
Last year’s cleanup efforts yielded an estimated 15,869 lb. of trash, and 4,746 lb. of recyclables. Each site tallies the finds including any unusual ones. Statewide, the most unusual items were a backpack filled with live crabs (Half Moon Bay) and a suitcase with live fish in it (San Diego).
Volunteers are asked to bring a refillable water bottle, a bucket for trash, hat and gloves. All volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate layered clothing and bring sunscreen. The District will provide snacks, water, and trash bags. All ages are welcome, but an adult should accompany children under 16 years old. Participants may register online for the cleanup day at www.ebparks.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, Sept. 16
8:30 a.m. – noon
Isa Polt-Jones, Public Information Representative