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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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Port of Oakland to celebrate Float Lab and Coastal Cleanup Saturday
September 19th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – September 19, 2019:  The Port of Oakland is holding two events Saturday: a climate change study kick-off with the new Float Lab at the Port’s Middle Harbor... READ MORE
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Tens of thousands of visitors expected at Eat Real Festival
September 18th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – September 18, 2019: The annual Eat Real Festival returns to the Port of Oakland’s Jack London Square for two days of feasting on specialty foods. Tens of... READ MORE
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New event at Jack London Square Saturday
August 21st, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – August 21, 2019: For the first time Jack London Square  welcomes the Oakland M.O.V.E.ment Festival (Motivating Others, Valuing Everyone), a fitness-focused event, to the waterfront this Saturday from... READ MORE
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Jack London Square’s “six pack” of special events starts Thursday
August 7th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – August 7, 2019: Jack London Square packs a punch this week with six special events starting Thursday. The summer weather brings out the crowds for a variety of... READ MORE