Oakland International Airport & Vicinity
Description: This 50-acre marsh resembles an arrowhead aimed at the heart of San Leandro Bay. A short boardwalk extends over the pickleweed and salt grass of the marsh and a fishing pier is nearby. In addition to the views of wildlife, there is a "Whale Garden" for children (two fiberglass gray whales "swimming" in the sand) and Roger Berry's Duplex Cone, a sculpture indicating the sun's path at summer and winter solstices.
Facilities: Fishing pier, play areas, restrooms, fountains, parking at nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Directions: From Swan Way, near Doolittle Drive, follow the paved road to the parking lot at its end.
San Leandro Bay Regional Shoreline/Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Description: The 565 acres of water, marsh and land is a nature preserve, with magnificent views of the tidal lands with their plants and wildlife, and hiking and bicycle trails. The area extends from the end of the Tidal Canal near Tidewater and Lessor Street to Doolittle Pond at the Alameda/Oakland city line near the Oakland International Airport.
Facilities: Picnic and barbecue areas, playing fields, fishing pier, restrooms, drinking fountains, benches, boat-launching ramp, parking, snack bar.
Directions: Major points of entry are at the end of Edgewater Drive, off Swan Way, and from Doolittle Drive.
Airport Shoreline Path
Description: Located on top of the dike surrounding a tidal pond by the Oakland International Airport is a short 500-foot trail offering a view of the Bay on one side and, on the airport side a tidal pond that is home to the Least Tern, a bird on the California and Federal Endangered Species lists.
Directions: Off Doolittle Drive near Harbor Bay Island Parkway.
Description: The Tower Lounge at the Oakland International Airport (www.flyoakland.com) offers spectacular views of the Bay and surrounding wetlands.
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