I was in Oakland and decided to visit Dimond Park in the upper Fruitvale section of the city. I hadn't been there for years. I used to take my kids to Dimond Park when they were 10 and 11 and we would walk along Sausal Creek.
Sausal Creek has been around forever. The Ohlone would harvest acorns, buckeyes and other food stuff from around the creek. It was also place that rainbow trout used to pass through.
As settlers began to build and Oakland became larger, the creek became altered as people started to plant non-native plants and they could not be controlled. In the 1930's, the WPA channelized the creek in concrete and stabilized its banks. People wanted to fill the creek with concrete.
About 25 years ago, the Friends of Sausal Creek and decided to restore the creek to its nature state. They have planted native species and have cleaned up the creek from all the trash. They are trying to return the creek to its natural state and get rid of the concrete culverts.
They have done a beautiful job in restoring and it is a nice place to walk:
Sausal Creek is an amazing place that I am so glad that I was able to re-visit again. I am glad that it is being restored.