Maternity Adventures: Leona Heights Park

From Sunday, September 5, 2010:

I’m officially on maternity leave. It’s my third day, but so far it just feels like a weekend, maybe because it is. I’m 37 weeks plus a few days, with all the usual aches – back, hips, sleep, mood – especially first thing in the morning. So, to work out the kinks, I’m intending to take walks first thing in the morning. So far, so good. Yesterday I walked up to Macarthur Blvd and back down 38th Ave from our house, which gave me the opportunity to check out the little Laurel shopping district (and Lucky Donuts, which isn’t nearly as good as Dick’s Donuts).

Today, I went to Leona Heights Park. It’s an Oakland city park, and unfortunately, the budget woes are showing there. Good things: lovely creek that’s still running in September. decent second growth redwood trees mixed with oak and bay. Bad things: not supposed to touch the water or rocks due to sulphur mining that went on in the area a while back. Trail is falling into the creek. Turf wars between blackberry and ivy. No parking. No interpretation.

It was still nice to get outside, and my back does feel better.

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3 Responses to Maternity Adventures: Leona Heights Park

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  2. Christopher cook says:

    Hello, my name is Chris and I stumbled across your posting in my quest to seek people that have enjoyed Leona heights park but also see the present need for stewardship. I feel that the park is a wonderful gem within the Oakland city park district that is sadly neglected. I am glad to see someone else out there has noticed the need for intrepretation. There is so much opportunity in the park for really valuable learning that it is a shame the city doesn’t have the funds to adquetly provide for the park. My quest has not only been to seek like minded indivduals but to also establish a community civic group dedicated to the park, the canyon and the creek. Do you or anyone you know be interested in forming such group? We have already a few members but we are always trying to reach out to others. If you or anyone else reading this would like to find out more on how to help Leona heights park please contact me at

  3. Thought you might be interested in our group. The picture of the broken bridge step has been fixed by our volunteers.

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