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East Avenue Park, Hayward
June 14, 15, & 16

Hayward Area Recreation District

east avenue park map

 

Project Background

From the street, East Avenue Park looks like a nice grassy urban park. But that facade gives way to some pretty great trails along the creek and under the canopy. East Avenue Park is contiguous with the Green Belt, so from there you can go a long ways...With an amphitheater and miles of trails, East Avenue Park hosts youth camps throughout the summer and is a beautiful place to hike.

Trail Description

V-O-Cal volunteers will build steps at the amphitheater, build a new section of trail to provide better access to the broader trail system, restore a lot of drainage, and remove a footbridge to make way for a new one.

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

Camp
We will camp in a pretty lawn area by thenear the entrance to the park. Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.

Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool to this project. If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool.

Weather
Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions (think layers!). Unless there is
a serious storm predicted, we will work drizzle or shine.

Driving Directions

Use “3221 East Ave, Hayward, CA 94541"  in your GPS/Navigation software. See the map 
above for parking and camping locations.

 


Preliminary Schedule
Friday
5pm - Registration and camping opens
Saturday
7:00am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
7:30am - light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
Sunday
7:00am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
7:30am - Hot breakfast and lunch prep begin.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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