A small section of land
between Howard School
and the King Estate campus, was made a city park in the 1960s, at the
two schools were built. The remaining
land that King Estate Open Space now encompasses was in private hands,
a remnant of the historic
King family estate. In the early 1980s,
a consortium of developers proposed a massive housing development on
ridge line and western slopes. The Oak Knoll Neighborhood Improvement
(OKNIA), formed in 1982, brought the Oak Knoll, Eastmont Hills, and
neighborhoods together to save the open space.
combination of strong
and unified community opposition and a lousy soils report defeated the
proposal. A land trust purchased
land and held it until the city could purchase it.
of our neighbors worked with Citizens of
Oakland for Open Space (COOS) to pass Measure M. The
KEOS property was purchase with Measure M
|Additional OKNIA projects and achievments:
- 1989--established a
responsible for collecting litter on Fontaine Street and Golf Links
Road. The commitee communicates directly
with Oakland Public Works regarding illegal
- 1993--has had
representatives working with
the Oak Knoll Coalition since the closure of the Oak Knoll Naval
Medical Center to ensure that future development at the
site addresses and
mitigates impacts on our community.
- 1999--spearheaded a
community petition to
alter the municipal code to allow dogs on leash in the Glenn W.
Daniel/King Estate Open Space Park.
City Council approved on the conditions that OKNIA provide dog
etiquette education, signage regarding dog waste clean-up, bag
dispensers, and trash cans.
- 2000--established a
by Marshall Hasbrouk, a biologist and specialist in habitat
restoration, which began a program of non-native eradication.
continues with broom, salsify, Himalayan blackberrry, cardoon, and
pampas gress on the current
challenge to the Leona Quarry development, which led to significant
improvements to the hydrology and
geotechnical components of the final environmental impact report.
- 2007--provided a
and organization for
the community surrounding the Holy Redeemer property when its sale was
forces with Volunteers
for Outdoor California (VOCAL) and City of Oakland Public Works to cut
a loop trail on the eastern and western slopes of the
Larry Reid made a
considerable donation to cover VOCAL’s costs.
volunteers from Bay Area high schools, colleges, churches, and the
local community spent a weekend creating what is now a wonderful public
neighborhood volunteers now provide trail maintenance as needed.
- 2014--became a
California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit
- Over the past 22
District 6 and 7 councilmembers, mayors, chiefs of police, county
supervisors, and other City of Oakland representatives in an
effort to inform the community.