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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 Jack London Square hosts Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship Saturday
Jack London Square hosts Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship Saturday
May 23rd, 2018
Oakland, Calif. – May 23, 2018: Jack London Square is hosting one of the longest running and largest yo-yo contests in the country. The Bay Area Classic yo-yo championship is Saturday. The... READ MORE
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Jack London Square Art and Wine Festival celebrates local artists and regional vintners
May 16th, 2018
See here for an overview video about the events at Jack London Square. Oakland, Calif. – May 16, 2018: The Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival is Saturday at the... READ MORE
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Jack London Square free pop-up gallery showcases muralists and local artists
May 9th, 2018
Oakland, Calif. – May 9, 2018: Muralists and local artists are displaying their work at Jack London Square through the end of May in a free pop-up gallery. The exhibit... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland hires workforce development industry leader
May 7th, 2018
Oakland, Calif. – May 7, 2018: The Port of Oakland today named Julina Bonilla the Workforce Development Manager in its Social Responsibility Division. In the newly-created position, Ms. Bonilla is... READ MORE