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Union Point Park

Union Point Park, opened in 2005, is easy to miss. It sits on the Oakland side of the Oakland Estuary, close to Coast Guard Island, off of 22nd Avenue. Despite its hidden location — or perhaps because of it — the park's got a lot going on. It's a great place for kids to play and run, for a romantic walk, or for some lone meditation. The facilities and structures are new and clean, there's lots of parking, plenty of grassy open space for sports, and enough picnic tables for birthday parties and barbeques. It has a crazy-looking conglomerate statue, "Sigame/Follow Me," honoring twenty Oakland women by Scott Donahue. Kids seem to love the thirteen-foot statue, and there's a big play structure that fits in with the park's overall nautical theme. Nary a hint that this use to be an industrial brownfield, thanks in large part to PGAdesign and Grupo de Diseno Urbano, who worked collaboratively to transform this area. There is an odd yet wonderful circular structure where you can walk up to the top and see a view of the estuary. The park is part of the larger Bay Trail.

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