The Creation of a Park

The Creation of a Park (HM1D02)

Location: Oakland, CA 94602 Alameda County
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N 37° 48.628', W 122° 11.569'

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Joaquin Miller Park was formed in 1917 when the City of Oakland and its citizens - led by The California Writers Club - purchased 68 acres from the estate of Joaquin Miller, the noted 19th century "Poet of the Sierras" and environmentalist.
By 1929, when developers began building nearby, the Save the Redwoods League purchased and later gifted (to the City of Oakland) the adjacent groves, known as Sequoia Park. Members of the California Writers Club created the Writers Memorial Grove and led the Woodminster Committee for 11 years.
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid laborers from all walks of life to build the Cascade, fountains, pools, and the Woodminster Amphitheater during the Depression of the 1930s.
Joaquin Miller Park represents the best of Oakland. A diverse group of concerned citizens have worked together over a century to create an urban park and a "Cathedral in the Woods." Today's park users and contributors carry that glorious tradition forward.
The redwoods here and in nearby East Bay Regional Parks are considered to be the only redwoods flourishing today in an urban setting.
HM NumberHM1D02
Year Placed2010
Placed ByCity of Oakland
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 3:41am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] ELLEN KOMP  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 571051 N 4185093
Decimal Degrees37.81046667, -122.19281667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.628', W 122° 11.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 37.68" N, 122° 11' 34.14" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3501-3547 Sanborn Dr, Oakland CA 94602, US
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