Scenic Streets

Scenic Streets Needs Volunteers to Remove Weeds

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The weeds along the Highway 24 on- and off-ramps and Claremont Avenue street trees are tall and obscuring the beautiful flowers and plants. Help us keep these areas looking neat and attractive. You can help: Come pull weeds and prune an hour or two, on your own schedule or with others. Contact Lee Patterson 510/923-1084 or Judy Weiss ( for information.

Wanted: New Leader for Scenic Streets

Monday, November 16, 2015

Scenic Streets is looking for a new leader. Peter Lund, who successfully led Scenic Streets for the past five years, is leaving to pursue new opportunities. Under Peter's strong leadership, Scenic Streets completed numerous complex community projects, including beautification projects at the Claremont Highway 24 on-ramp and off-ramp as well as DaVita Dialysis center landscaping on the corner of Claremont and Clifton. (For the full list of projects and to learn the history of Scenic Streets, visit

Opportunity in Claremont Avenue's Median?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The view entering Rockridge is much nicer these days for motorists exiting Hwy 24 at Claremont Avenue: New shrubs line the ramp; new trees line nearby sidewalks; the DaVita Dialysis facility on the corner of Clifton has been transformed.

But travel up Claremont Avenue, as most guests approaching the historic Claremont Hotel do, and you'll find the area near the highway underpass needs sprucing up. Scenic Streets thinks the huge median in the middle of the street would be a smart place to start.

Hardy Dog Park: New Look, New Group

Friday, December 12, 2014

Popular Hardy Dog Park is getting a makeover. Following a two-year donation campaign by Scenic Streets, enough money was raised to begin improvements to the park. The long awaited renovations are being reviewed by the city.

Asphalt Trips Up Hardy Dog Park Renovation

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Patrons, residents and local businesses joined forces last August to raise over $13,000 to renovate dilapidated Hardy Dog Park, but the project has run into a tough obstacle: asphalt.

Before it became Oakland's first dog run, the area had been a Caltrans equipment yard. Three thousand square feet of the original asphalt still remain, damaging dogs' paws when they run and breaking teeth when they fetch. It's also a key contributor to the park's notorious mud puddles.

DaVita Invests Again in Gateway Renovation Project

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When volunteers from Scenic Streets convinced the city to place three sidewalk trash receptacles along the southern part of Claremont Avenue last fall, it was a mixed blessing; littering along the busy roadway would be significantly reduced, but the concrete boxes often attract graffiti.

The solution lay in a good idea borrowed from the Temescal district: Scenic Streets sought out local artist Juan Lopez who covers receptacles with paint-resistant mosaic tile. The only problem then was funding.

Support Scenic Streets' Claremont Avenue Area Beautification Efforts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scenic Streets Has a Few Specific Projects on its Wish List: Hand tools: $150, Replacement shrubs for highway ramps: $250, Mosaic artwork for sidewalk trash can: $500, Shade trees for Hardy Dog Park: $750, Commercial grade and ADA compliant bench for Hardy Dog Park: $1,500. Scenic Streets. Online: Mail/Payto: RCPC/Scenic Streets, 362-60th Street, Oakland, 94618. Tax ID 94-3011284

Kids Paint Plaques to Help Dog Park Renovation

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hardy Dog Park got a splash of color in late August thanks to more than 60 children from College Avenue Presbyterian Church's Vacation Bible School summer program. The kids painted dozens of temporary plaques to adorn the park's fence, adding a refreshing vibrancy to the otherwise dreary space.

Scenic Streets Update: Davita Landscaping, Donations

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Local residents are pleased to see landscaping improvements underway at last at the corner of Claremont Avenue and Clifton Street.

The site of a former supermarket occupied by DaVita Dialysis for the past several years, the corner has been widely regarded as a prominent eyesore near the Rockridge-Temescal Gateway. The renovations were negotiated by local volunteer landscaping group Scenic Streets.

Bumper Crop of Poppies Not Just Nature’s Doing

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hundreds of orange poppies have brightened up the Claremont Avenue highway ramps this spring, but Mother Nature had a helping hand. Scenic Streets volunteers spread nearly two pounds of seeds last fall hoping for lots of color about now. The on-ramp near Hudson has put on a particularly good show in recent weeks.

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