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Parks & Waterways

Preserving Public Access to Shorelands

Stunning water views, dramatic topography, and a temperate year round climate make the Bay Area an outdoor paradise. These treasured natural resources are integral to our quality of life. Since 1938, The Port has been the steward of 20 miles of Oakland waterfront property along the San Francisco Bay granted by the State Tidelands Trust. It is our solemn responsibility to safeguard these precious spaces for public use.

Thanks to Port supervision, 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.

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Thumbnail of Jack London Square features seventh annual Pedalfest Saturday
Jack London Square features seventh annual Pedalfest Saturday
July 20th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – July 20, 2017: The seventh annual Pedalfest comes to Jack London Square, Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM. Pedalfest organizers expect the event to draw more than... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland Board elects Joan Story as President
July 14th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – July 14, 2017: Joan Story has been elected President of the Board of Port Commissioners at the Port of Oakland. The Port’s seven-member governing body unanimously selected Ms.... READ MORE
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Dance competition leads into Jack London Square's July 4 Backyard BBQ
June 28th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – June 28, 2017: Jack London Square is home to round two of the new Oakland grown, urban dance competition, “Turfin Vs. The World Dance Battle” series. The family friendly festival... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Jack London Square adds block parties to summer line-up
Jack London Square adds block parties to summer line-up
June 22nd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – June 22, 2017: The Port of Oakland has added block parties, a waterfront community event, to its calendar of more than 55 free public events at Jack... READ MORE