Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland located behind the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon. Garber Park is home to significant stands of big-leaf maple, California buckeyes and regenerating coast live oak woodland and forest. The Garber Park Stewards vision is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Not many people know that Garber Park has a long border on Claremont Ave.  We Stewards have not spent much time maintaining the section along Claremont – until now, that is.   Last Friday morning we donned our yellow vests and went to work picking up trash along both sides of Claremont Ave. from just behind the Hotel to Alvarado Rd.  In three hours we collected 6 bags of trash, several tires, and some construction debris that had been tossed into the bushes.
This clean-up event was an experiment to see if we could safely conduct stewardship sessions on Claremont Ave. With caution and wearing yellow vests we found we could. We now will be offering occasional stewardship days along this beautiful street - Garber Park, with it's steep hillside covered with big leaf maples, buckeyes, and an understory of ferns is at the base of Claremont Canyon and extends almost to Rispin Lane. Unfortunately, ivy still drips from the trees along this section of Claremont Ave., but with the soon to begin Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) special project the ivy in the trees will become history.

If you would like to help us monitor conditions along this important thoroughfare please contact us  In the meantime, enjoy this trash-free section of Claremont Avenue.