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This unique site is a small, city-owned parcel at the intersection of E. 27th St. and Barry Place. It is a natural oasis in an otherwise heavily urbanized part of the city. It features two (artificial) waterfalls, a tunnel, and an impressive stand of native, riparian trees.

Because it is located downstream of the Dimond shopping district, it receives a lot of trash. For over 10 years a group of neighbors and other interested watershed residents have been caring for Barry Place by picking up trash, removing nonnative invasive vegetation, and planting native vegetation. We do our work on city-sponsored workdays, like Earth Day, and sometimes more often. We welcome new volunteers. For more information contact John Bowers at

Directions to Barry Place

FOSC vignettes from the Oakland Museum of California's renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences

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