The Friends of Sausal Creek's first project started in 1996 in the corner of Dimond Park near the recreation
center and tot lot. Volunteers cleared invasive ivy and acacia trees from a 15,000-square-foot area and started a California native plant demonstration garden, creating an attractive space that also improved park safety and access. Today the garden has botanic garden signs and interpretive signage to inspire the use of native plants in home gardens.
FOSC vignette from the Oakland Museum of California's renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences
In 2016 the City of Oakland completed the Sausal Creek Restoration Project, that restored 600 linear feet of an incised and degraded creek channel and daylighted an additional 180 linear foot stretch of buried creek starting at Wellington Street. This project, totaling nearly 800 linear feet of restored creek channel, significantly expanded the creek corridor to improve channel stability while providing for native rainbow trout passage.
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