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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 Big weekend at Jack London Square with Oakland Dance Festival and more
Big weekend at Jack London Square with Oakland Dance Festival and more
April 27th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – April 27, 2017: Jack London Square is ready for a big weekend of recreation with dancing performances, bowling, and kayaking on the Oakland Estuary. Oakland Dance Festival brings... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland Commissioner receives democracy award
April 20th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – April 20, 2017:  Port of Oakland Commissioner Arabella Martinez has received the Making Democracy Work award from the League of Women Voters of Oakland at their 26th annual... READ MORE
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New, Oakland-grown, urban dance competition comes to Jack London Square
April 19th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – April 19, 2017: It is a first for Oakland and the world - a competition, based on the turf dance phenomenon that originated in Oakland, will take place... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland receives eleventh consecutive energy star certification
April 4th, 2017
Oakland, Calif.–April 4, 2017:  Port of Oakland headquarters located at 530 Water Street just received its eleventh consecutive Energy Star certification. Every year the U.S. EPA recognizes buildings nationwide for... READ MORE