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Oakland Adopt a Spot Application
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Oakland Public Works, in partnership with our community, provides opportunities for everyone - individuals, families, neighborhood groups, civic organizations, employee groups, and local businesses - to play an active and ongoing role in maintaining, cleaning, greening, and beautifying Oakland's neighborhoods, parks, and creeks.

The Oakland Adopt a Spot program accommodates a wide range of volunteer interests and goals. Participants adopt a public space and make a commitment to regularly clean and maintain the spot for no less than one year. Adopted spots must be on City of Oakland property or right-of-way. Typical spots include parks, creeks, storm drains, curbs, and sidewalks. Volunteer activities may include: removing litter, graffiti, and weeds; installing mosaics and murals on litter containers, restoring habitat, and more.

Public Works supports volunteers by providing tools and supplies, debris pickup assistance, promotion, and technical assistance.

NOTE: Significant park modifications may require approval from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (  The committee requires a written report and discussion of proposed projects at their monthly meeting.  Approval can take several months.

***If you wish to sign up for the Adopt a Drain program, DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM. Please visit to sign up for the Adopt a Drain program (will open in a new tab).

1. Read and familiarize yourself with the Volunteer Guidelines (will open in a new tab): 
2. Answer the questions below

After this form and all documents have been submitted, a Public Works representative will contact you to discuss your application. Once your application is approved, you will become eligible for support from the City.

Questions about the Adopt a Spot program or the sign up process? Please email us at or call (510) 238-7630.

Please submit your application here:  

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