Glen Echo Creek
flows through the heart of the Piedmont Avenue area--but many residents are
unaware of it because most of it has been hidden underground.
Two of the remaining aboveground sections are treasured neighborhood parks:
Glen Echo Park
, one block east of Piedmont Avenue, is home to a native plant garden providing
year-round flower displays and paths for strolling in sun and shade. The garden
is located on the north side of Monte Vista Avenue and maintained by community
volunteers with support from the City of Oakland's creek program.
The creek flows south under Monte Vista into a more naturalistic section of Glen
Echo Park. Here, native oak, redwood and buckeye trees provide a shady corridor
while competing with a variety of exotic plants. A construction project to
repair bank erosion is planned for this section by the county Flood Control
District; PANIL volunteers are working with the city and county to make sure the
natural feeling of this section will be retained.
Oak Glen Park
lies just south of the PANIL area and runs for several blocks along Richmond
Boulevard. This section of the creek retains the majestic oak and bay trees that
once lined Glen Echo Creek from Lake Merritt to the hills, and is home to
wildlife and Oakland's first Urban Creek Reserve.