Doolittle Dr. & Swan Way, Oakland, CA
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> Damon Marsh Trailhead
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MLK, Jr. Shoreline Center
7250 Doolittle Dr.
Oakland, CA 94621
Tidewater Boating Center
4675-A Tidewater Ave.
Oakland, CA 94601
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4541
Nov - Jan
8am - 5pm
8am - 6pm
Mar - Apr
8am - 8pm
May - Aug
8am - 9pm
8am - 8pm
8am - 7pm
Parking: No fee*
*Parking for major sporting and Coliseum events: $40 per vehicle.
Dogs: No fee. Dogs are not allowed in the marsh areas. Dogs must be on leash (six-foot maximum) elsewhere in the park.
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Next to the commercial bustle of Oakland International Airport is a 741-acre park leased from the Port of Oakland, protecting the remainder of a once-extensive marshland at San Leandro Bay
At the intersection of Doolittle Drive and Swan Way is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Grove, completed with community support and dedicated in 1993. The grove consists of a group of trees surrounding a grassy glade. There is also a brick wall inscribed with donors' names.
The 50-acre Arrowhead Marsh is a stopover on the Pacific Flyway and is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network--dogs must be on-leash at all times.
Roger Berry's sculpture "Duplex Cone" traces the sun's summer and winter solstice paths through the sky.
Another part of San Leandro Bay is accessible from a parking lot at the north end of Edgewater Drive. Garretson Point is named in honor of the late Fred Garretson, a Tribune reporter whose stories inspired successful efforts at bayland preservation. Access to Damon Marsh is from Oakport Drive in Oakland.
This indoor/outdoor Shoreline Center facility is popular for corporate events, weddings, parties, etc. The setting is casual with beautiful views of the bay and a variety of shorebirds. It accommodates 60 seated or 125 standing guests. It features a commercial kitchen, a main room, and a large outdoor deck. Catering is available. For more information call 1- 888-EBPARKS OR 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.
This facility is wheelchair accessible.
The Tidewater Boating Center, located off Tidewater Avenue in Oakland, sits on the shore of the Oakland Estuary in San Leandro Bay at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. This shoreline complex has an ADA accessible dock that is the first official San Francisco Bay Water Trail site in the Park District. Also available are turf sites for picnicking and shoreline access for fishing. The 12,300-square-foot complex consists of a boathouse, training area, boat storage facility, Recreation Department offices, and a security residence. The Oakland Strokes, a non-profit junior rowing organization for middle and high schools, operates the main boathouse and indoor training area and provides outreach to neighborhood youths in the sport of competitive rowing. Other organizations will be leased space to provide on-the-water experiences with boating and water safety, sea kayaking, canoeing, and other water-related recreational programs. Park District recreation programs will take advantage of the estuary access and the Bay Trail connection at the park, and include biking, nature study, kayaking, and canoeing programs.
Several other picnic areas are reached by way of a park road leading north from Swan Way. At the road's end is Arrowhead Marsh picnic area, with one of the largest turfgrass playing fields in the District. Next to the picnic area is an observation platform with a wheelchair access ramp, and a children's play area.
Have breakfast with the birds at Doolittle Pond or observe their fascinating daylight antics from many San Leandro Bay perspectives. Hike along the trail from Hegenberger Road along the San Leandro Creek Channel to Arrowhead Marsh, or enter the park from the north end of Edgewater Drive.
Throughout the 741-acre Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline there are paved trails suitable for hiking, bicycling, running and jogging. Glimpses of the changing sunset are best caught at Arrowhead Marsh and Garretson Point.
State Fish and Game rules apply at San Leandro Bay. A California State Fishing License is required for those 16 years and older when fishing from shore in open bay waters. For additional information on fishing in the District, visit the Fishing section of this site.
Off Doolittle Drive a mile north of Hegenberger Road is Doolittle Beach. Facilities there include picnic areas with barbecues and a boat launch ramp. Swimming is not allowed.
A two-lane boat launch is located at the south parking lot along Doolittle Drive. There is no boat launch fee. Motorized boats and hovercraft are not allowed in marshland areas. Jet Skis and hydrofoils are prohibited from November 1 -March 31, due to bird migration and nesting in the marshes. The Doolittle boat launch and the smaller dock at the Shoreline Center have been conditionally designated as a combined official San Francisco Bay Water Trail site. For more boating and sailing information, visit the Boating and Sailing page.
Wheelchair access in the park includes parking, curb cuts, paved trails, fishing access, restrooms, drinking fountains, and a marsh overlook platform. The Shoreline Center is wheelchair accessible.
From I-880 in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Road and head west. Turn right onto Doolittle Drive (Hwy. 61) and right again onto Swan Way. You will then turn left into the park for access to trails, a large grassy play area, reservable picnic areas, and a boardwalk out to the Arrowhead Marsh. Continuing on Doolittle Drive will bring you to a boat ramp, reservable picnic areas, and fishing piers.
Call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) or visit Transit.511.org to confirm transit information.
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