Measure Q - Improve Our Parks, Care for Our People


UPDATE, March 18: Great news! We are thrilled to share that
Measure Q has passed with 68.08% of the vote! Thank you ALL
for your support of Measure Q and our Oakland community!


Measure Q will clean up our local parks, waterways and recreation areas while also addressing Oakland’s homelessness crisis. It will provide our most vulnerable populations with access to support services that help them find shelters and housing, and help to ensure that all Oakland parks, estuaries, and recreation centers are clean, safe, and equitably well-maintained.

Oakland’s parks and recreation centers are critical to our community, hosting after-school programs, arts instruction, community meetings, senior events, and a variety of sports and other activities valued by residents. But while use of our parks and recreation centers has grown tremendously, the investment required to keep these areas clean and protect our water supply has not increased.

At the same time, Oakland’s homelessness crisis continues and the park system is not equipped to provide the necessary services for our unsheltered communities. Our neighbors struggling with the high cost of housing in the Bay Area need assistance to avoid homelessness, and those who’ve become homeless need pathways into housing.

Specifically, Measure Q will:

  • Provide programs to help homeless individuals, including those living in or near parks, move into shelters and obtain housing and support services.
  • Increase removal of trash and debris from city parks and recreation areas.
  • Increase restroom cleaning at parks and recreation centers.
  • Mow playing fields more frequently.
  • Protect the water quality in Oakland’s creeks, streams, Lake Merritt and the Estuary.

Please read Measure Q to see specific projects and services that will result from its passage. Independent community oversight of Measure Q is required.

Measure Q specifically exempts low-income seniors, very low-income Oaklanders, and a reduction for affordable rental housing.

Join civic leaders, park users, homeless advocates, and residents from every Oakland neighborhood who’ve joined together to show that Oaklanders value our parks and all our residents!

Measure Q is a $148/per year parcel tax. Of funds raised, 64% will go to keeping our parks clean, 30% to services for our homeless populations, and 5% to protecting our water quality.