Who Are We?

We are Oakland residents who are committed to the beautification of the Lakeshore Avenue area.  We are really excited to be a part of the establishment of a permanent parklet on Lakeshore because it is a creative and fun way to improve the aesthetics of the street and create more open space for pedestrians.  We are all in support of encouraging people to get out of their cars and walk more.  What better way to do that than to give them an incentive to come out and play here on Lakeshore Avenue.

We believe the benefit of creating a public amenity for the enjoyment and use of those patrons and local residents far outweighs any cons associated with taking a parking space away to do this.  The attraction and enhancement the parklet will bring to the community is more important, we believe, than maintaining a space for car parking.

The core team players thus far are:

Pamela Drake – Director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, local resident and community organizer, contributing writer to Oakland Local, Author of the blog: http://DrakeTalkOakland.wordpress.com

Ken Katz – local resident and community organizer, hosts the local neighborhood forum, Splash Pad, at http://www.splashpad.org, passionate about the urban social infrastructure of this neighborhood

David Bolanos – local resident and retired Architect, involved in beautification efforts and design enhancements in the Lakeshore Grand area for over a decade.

Jeffrey Lim – local resident for over 22 years and the chief garden designer for Garden Hortica, a sustainable landscape nursery and community gathering place in West Oakland/Old Oakland neighborhood.  Garden Hortica will present one of the temporary parklets in front of Footlocker on September 17th.  To learn more about Garden Hortica, please visit:  www.gardenhortica.com

Sara Erickson – Asset Manager of Trader Joe’s/Walgreens on Lakeshore; on the Board of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District; Accredited Professional in LEED green building certification; Chair of the Communications Committee for the US Green Building Council – Bay Bridge Branch, 10 years in commercial real estate development and investment

Additional team players involved in giving us help and direction:

Ruth Miller – works with Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and is currently in Grad school for Urban Planning at UC Berkeley.

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2 thoughts on “Who Are We?

  1. What a great team working with you Sara! Impressive work! I always ask myself these questions: “Where are the people who want to make a change in the world? How many are we? What do you have to offer?” If anyone can get the wheels turning, its Sara Erickson. You are truly helping to change the world to make it a better place for all of us. Keep going! Please keep me posted. ~Wendy

  2. I love all the ideas put forth here. Could we get an update on the proposed parklet #1 in front of Arizmendi? Thanks – kmarie

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