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3. Pond

Walk to the pond observation deck

The pond you see in front of you was made to filter run-off from Webster Street and Central Avenues before draining into the Bay. Note the cement wall that helps to trap large items. The pond is now home to many animals such as mosquito fish, dragonflies, mallard ducks and seasonal nesting birds including red-winged blackbirds.

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Mallard and Mallard/Domestic Hybrid ducks.
Photo by Victoria Baird

Feeding wildlife is against Park District rules. Help keep them healthy, safe, and wild. EBRPD Ordinance 38

This entire area has gone through some major physical changes in the last 250 years. In 1902, Alameda was transformed from a peninsula into an island. It was the largest dredging operation prior to the construction of the Panama Canal!      

Can you locate the line of palm trees off in the distance to the northeast? This was Alameda’s original shoreline prior to 1955! 

Several landfill projects in the mid-1950's added the South Shore area to the island and created what we know today as Robert Crown Memorial State Beach. Since 1850, Alameda’s size has more than doubled!

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Alameda peninsula, 1877—note extensive marshlands on the Northeast end. Courtesy of the Oakland Public Library, Oakland HistoryRoom and Maps Division

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Alameda island, 1938—created by dredging the canal. Courtesy of the Oakland Public Library, Oakland HistoryRoom and Maps Division

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