As you know, Martin Luther King Day has become a day of service. Why not come and volunteer at Shepherd Canyon Park, where dreams are almost fulfilled? This place has come a long way, though a work crew’s needed tomorrow — just show up at Escher Gate, at 9am sharp.
Through dogged volunteerism, Shepherd Canyon has been transformed from a literal trash heap to a thing of beauty. While the park is a respite for all visitors today, it used to be filled with cars, city-dumped debris and more. Here’s the damning, photographic proof from late 2001.
The Car Park: Let’s begin with this vintage vehicle, nestled below in the creek bed. There were other rusties in the park, and we can’t imagine the efforts taken to dump cars in this remote spot! It’s baffling they weren’t pulled out years before.
The Teenage Wasteland: Check out more “crime scene” evidence, where locals had their late-night parties. This teenage (sorry) wasteland is ridiculous, because all the drinking detritus could have been easily carried out.
The City Dump: Look at this debris deposited by the City of Oakland! Yes, this old concrete was something that (we believe) Public Works threw in the upper meadows, never envisioning the open space decades later. The place looked pretty depressing, right?
Thanks to Shepherd Canyon’s Homeowners Association’s (SCHA) website for recording the canyon history, including this dumping evidence and subsequent clean-up. Since the SCHA’s initial clearing efforts, their Ecopullers continue to restore the area and trails. If you live in a nearby canyon, it’s worth stopping by tomorrow — to check out the progress and work the land.