Best-Kept Secret
You'll have a clear shot to San Francisco 

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

The Port of Oakland, in conjunction with the East Bay Regional Park District, has given us a real treasure of a park amid all the industrial cranes and warehouse docks that make up Oakland's port system. It's a bit tricky to find, but well worth the trip. The park occupies a large chunk of land directly on the bay, sandwiched between the port's ship-loading Imperial Walkers. Follow a quarter-mile walkway along the water that leads to two (free!) telescopes to view San Francisco and the Bay Bridge up close. The parks people have just finished installing a clean, sandy beach to picnic or sunbathe on, and -- if you're really feeling brave -- you can even swim there. Crisscrossing the center of the park are myriad trails for bikes and inline skates, with grassy areas suitable for softball, etc. A large pavilion covers the barbecue area, and the bathroom is too nice to be a public toilet. Walkers will appreciate the park's considerable circumference, while the more sedentary will enjoy all the benches situated to watch the ships coming in from Hong Kong. It'll be your new favorite park.

Readers' pick:
Metro Board Shop
236 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, 925-363-7440.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in People & Places

Most Popular Stories

  • The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide

    We endorse Schaaf, Ezzy Ashcraft, and Butt; along with Fortunato Bas, Thao, Middleton, and Whitaker for Oakland council and Knox White and Oddie for Alameda council.
  • Richmond at a Crossroads

    The city is on the verge of an economic boom: Will Mayor Tom Butt, a longtime city official, lead it to prosperity, or will the Richmond Progressive Alliance take full control of City Hall?
  • Role Reversals in the Oakland Mayor's Race

    In the Oakland mayor's race, the normally staid Libby Schaaf has come out swinging, while one of her top challengers, the usually brash Cat Brooks, is acting more like a Fortune 500 CEO.
  • Oakland Council District 4 Is a Wide-Open Contest

    With the incumbent quitting, the race features seven candidates, including three who are running as a slate.
  • The Fight Over Rent Control

    Tenants are pushing to repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act, which strictly limits local rent control. But landlords are spending big to beat Prop. 10.

Special Reports

Fall Arts 2018

Our Picks for the Best Events of the Fall Arts Season

The Queer & Trans Issue 2018

Stories about creating safe spaces in the Queer and Trans community.

© 2018 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation