Volunteers sought for California Coastal Cleanup events

Volunteers sought for California Coastal Cleanup events
Volunteers help clean up Shimada Friendship Park in Richmond during a California Coastal Cleanup event hosted by Supervisor John Gioia back in 2012 (photo posted by Gioia on Facebook). The supervisor is set to hold his 27th Coastal Cleanup at the same park site.

The annual California Coastal Cleanup is this Saturday and volunteers are encouraged to join one of several in the Richmond area.

For the 27th year, Supervisor John Gioia is sponsoring the Richmond Marina shoreline cleanup based at Shimada Friendship Park, located at the end of Marina Bay Parkway. The event runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and includes coffee, snacks, supplies and free lunch. 

Participants are asked to bring gloves, refillable water bottles, and a debris bucket if possible.

Additionally on Saturday, the East Bay Regional Park District is hosting Coastal Cleanup events throughout the East Bay including at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline (meet at 2701 Isabel St.) as well as Point Pinole Regional Shoreline (5551 Giant Hwy) in Richmond, with both events running from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Gioia has also been steering locals to a full list of Coastal Cleanup sites in West Contra Costa, as posted on the Watershed Project’s webpage and California Coastal Commission’s locator map. 

Here are more sites for Clean Up events in the Richmond area:

Wildcat Creek Staging Area, Saturday, Sept. 16, 9am – noon, meet in the parking lot off the Richmond Parkway, between Pittsburg and Gertrude Aves. Hosted by Urban Tilth in partnership with The Watershed Project. For more information email Nathan Bickart  nathan@urbantilth.org

Rain Garden and Bioswale at 21st Street Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. — noon atRichmond Greenway. Park on 20th St. between Ohio St. and Chanslor. Hosted by Yes Nature to Neighborhoods in partnership with The Watershed Project.

Richmond Greenway, Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at 42nd & Greenway Pocket Park, 4201 Ohio Ave. in Richmond.

North Richmond Ballpark: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 9am – noon at North Richmond Ballpark on Fred Jackson Way, Richmond. Cleanup along the banks of Wildcat Creek. Contact paula@thewatershedproject.org for more information.