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Preserving Public Access to Shorelands

It sounds funny, but we take play very seriously here in the Bay Area. Maybe it’s because our temperate climate allows for comfortable outdoor activity year round. We treasure our outdoor venues and open space. The Port has been the steward of 20 miles of Oakland waterfront property along the San Francisco Bay granted by the State Tidelands Trust, safeguarding these precious areas for public use.

As population density increases, these recreational venues become even more valued. Thanks to vigilant Port oversight, waterway treasures like Lake Merritt, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and most of the Oakland Estuary remain accessible to everyone for recreation, scientific study and endless inspiration. And more public parkland will be added as the former Oakland Army Base is developed and brought on line.

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Thumbnail of Port of Oakland's landmark deal for ex-Army Base gets first OK
Port of Oakland's landmark deal for ex-Army Base gets first OK
November 10th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. - November 10, 2017: A long-held vision to revitalize this city’s decommissioned Army base is nearer reality at the Port of Oakland.  Port Commissioners have given initial approval to... READ MORE
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Jack London Square hosts Bay Area Black Music Association Jazz Festival
November 8th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – November 8, 2017: Jack London Square welcomes the Bay Area Black Music Association Jazz Festival this Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. The event is free and... READ MORE
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Jack London Square invites public for festive, pre-holiday shopping
November 2nd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – November 2, 2017: With the holidays just around the corner, Jack London Square features local artisans and crafters at two events, Patchwork Fall Show, Nov. 4, and Jack... READ MORE
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City, Port of Oakland work with neighbors to get trucks on track
November 2nd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – Nov. 2, 2017: City and Port of Oakland officials are meeting with neighbors to hear concerns about big rig traffic on streets in West Oakland.  The agencies... READ MORE