Posts Tagged ‘ Parks ’

Skyline Gate at Redwood Regional Park

April 30, 2011

    Encompassing 1,829 acres of the canyon carved by Redwood Creek and its surrounding ridges, Redwood Regional Park sits stately above the city of Oakland providing an instant oasis of natural beauty and recreation for residents of the East Bay. The expansive forests of coastal redwood trees for which the park was named are still […]

Union Point Park on the Estuary

March 24, 2011

  Situated on the “Oakland Riviera” between Coast Guard Island and Alameda’s Park Street Bridge, Union Point Park offers a relaxing waterfront oasis in a traditionally industrial zone of the city. Opened in 2005, the park in its early days was an easy place to score a BBQ pit on the weekend, but word’s got […]

Chinese Junk Boat at Lincoln Neighborhood Center

January 27, 2011

Since 1969, the Junk Boat at Lincoln Square Recreation Center has been a delightful playground structure for neighborhood kids in Oakland’s Chinatown. oaktownman’s grandmother used to bring him there to play when he was little. A junk boat was apparently another one of china’s innovations made famous by Italians. There was gunpowder, spaghetti, and in […]

Arrowhead Marsh at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park

October 13, 2010

Sitting in between the Colosseum and the Airport, the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline is a stretch of parkland that surrounds what used to be known as the San Leandro Bay. This scenic park has some interesting features both manmade and natural. The Arrowhead Marsh is a short walk from the main parking lot […]

“Dumb Friends” Bench in Alameda, NOT Attributed to Jim Morrison

October 1, 2010
"In Memory of My Dumb Friends

Hanging out in Alameda over the years, oaktownman kept hearing the story of the inscription on this bench that sits at the end of Jackson Park, which reads “In Memory of my Dumb Friends”. oaktownman kept hearing that this bench was donated to the city by Jim Morrison. The legendary lead singer of the Doors […]

Morcom Rose Garden

September 28, 2010

Most people seem to not realize that Oakland has an exquisite rose garden, just a block from Grand Avenue very close to the Piedmont border. The place is kept by some passionate rosekeepers coordinated by Friends of the Morcom Rose Garden and there’s even a redwood forest there. Morcom Rose Garden 700 Jean Street, […]

McElroy Fountain at Oakland’s Lakeside Park

September 24, 2010
Back to Lake Merritt.

ountain installed in 1911 with a series of mythological reliefs allegedly depicting the life of Oakland city official John E. McElroy. The reliefs were sculpted by famed East Bay artist Douglas Tilden.

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