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Downtown  |  Lake Merrit / Uptown
Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association - 388 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 - 510.452.4529 -

Ambassadors / Hanging Plant Baskets / Median and Street Level Landscaping / Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors
Utility Box Art Wraps / Cycle Aid Stations

Our Ambassadors are the attentive and dedicated men and women that you see in bright yellow working to beautify and improve the neighborhood by providing critical services, such as pressure washing, litter removal, and graffiti abatement. Each of our Ambassadors is equipped with knowledge of downtown’s businesses and entertainment venues and can provide visitors with recommendations, directions and escorts to their destination. Additionally, these ambassadors, many of whom are Oakland residents, work to improve the quality of life in the public rights of way by patrolling on foot and bike offering pedestrians a welcoming smile and reporting all out of the ordinary activity.
These services result in increased economic activity, a lowered perception of crime, and a greater sense of pride in the community. These ambassadors engage with workers, residents and visitors alike to provide a sense of community and safety.
If you are a property owner in the district who would like graffiti removed from your building, please click here to download, read, and complete our permission form. Once completed please email the signed form to the Ambassador Operations Manager at
If you need Ambassador assistance, call 510-898-8592.
If you have questions, concerns, or feedback, call the Operations Manager at 510-898-8488.

Hanging Plant Baskets
The hanging plant baskets that adorn the historic light poles of Downtown Oakland from April to November add colorful identity to our cityscape, making it a more welcoming space for employees, shoppers, and visitors. Our District Horticulturalist, Mike, keeps our hanging plants looking fresh.

Median Landscaping and Street Level Planters

A beautifully landscaped median or planter brings a touch of natural beauty to our urban landscape. Often one of the first things a driver sees as they enter our districts, a well maintained median shows that we care about our city and will work to maintain its vibrancy and charm.

Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors

‘Big Bellys’ hold more trash than a normal garbage can and offer a recycling option, helping us keep litter off the streets and out of the storm drains. Each station provides both real and historical trash collection data and digitally alerts the districts when the trash compactors need to be emptied, saving precious time and resources. The districts have a total of 21 Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors.

Utility Box Art Wraps

Partnering with Streets Alive! and local artists, the districts have installed several art wraps on utility boxes throughout the districts. These art wraps deter graffiti, saving time and resources, and beautify the area with locally inspired art enhancing the already unique streetscape of Uptown & Downtown Oakland.

Cycle Aid Stations

The Cycle Aid Station puts the tools where the people need them for public bike maintenance and repair. With eight common bicycle tools permanently tethered to a bike holder and designed to be placed either inside or outside, the Cycle Aid Station meets the spur-of-the-moment maintenance and repair needs to keep riders on their bicycles. The installation of these stations throughout the districts serves to promote pedestrian and cyclist activity and encourage foot traffic and patronage of our local businesses.