About Grand Lake Neighbors

Grand Lake Neighbors (GLN) is a group of volunteers working together to preserve and improve the Grand Lake district of Oakland, California. We are the Neighborhood Council for beats 14Y and 16x. Our mission is threefold:

  • Communication – sharing information and keeping each other informed about issues in our area
  • Solving problems – tapping into the incredible talent in our neighborhood to address specific problems
  • Effecting change – being an agent for improving our quality of life

We work with neighborhood groups and individuals to tackle issues such as:

  • Public safety
  • Noise
  • Attracting new retail merchants
  • Supporting existing businesses
  • Local cultural events
  • Beautification and streetscape improvements
  • Building Neighborhood Watch block groups
  • Traffic
  • Parking

Our original roots are in the Grand Lake Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) – part of OPD’s program to enlist residents and merchants in their crime-fighting efforts. Several years ago, we morphed into the Grand Lake Community Council as our way of acknowledging that crime is not the only issue facing our neighborhood.

In our latest incarnation as Grand Lake Neighbors, our primary focus is sharing information. We hope to foster an information network that provides broader communication among the many individuals and groups that typically work independently.

If you are part of a group working on a Grand Lake Neighborhood issue, we’d be delighted to help publicize your efforts. If you are an individual who wants to get more involved, then please join us or any of our affiliated community organizations. If you have a suggestion you’d like to share, please leave a comment on our website. If you’d like up-to-the-minute news on neighborhood issues, join our mailing list by sending an email to grandlakeneighbors+subscribe@groups.io. You can also follow us on facebook, where we post events and articles about Oakland and our neighborhood. In July of 2023, we started posting items of general neighborhood interest on instagram, too!

Please join us at our face-to-face meetings, the third Wednesday of every odd numbered month (January, March, May, July, September, November) at Barnett Hall next to the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Avenue, from 7:00 – 8:30pm.