Tidewater Boating Center Opens March 5, 2011

February 8, 2011

On March 5, 2011, the East Bay Regional Park District will officially open the Tidewater Boating Center in a public dedication ceremony. The Boating Center sits on the shore of the Oakland Estuary at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park. This unique shoreline complex has an ADA accessible dock for boat launching. The dock opened in January and has already become a popular launch area for kayakers.

Designed by Siegel & Strain Architects of Emeryville, California, the 12,000+ square foot complex consists of a boathouse, storage facility and accessory administrative building, which is home to the Park District's Recreation Department as well as a security residence. The roof forms were inspired by the shape of an oar blade, and the complex is intended to be a landmark from water and shore.

Under a multi-year lease agreement, the Oakland Strokes, a non-profit junior rowing organization for middle and high schools, will operate the main boathouse and indoor training area and provide outreach to neighborhood youths in the sport of competitive rowing.

The East Bay Regional Park District's Recreation Department will operate the administrative building and additional storage facility. Recreation programs will be both water- and land-based taking advantage of the estuary access and Bay Trail connection at the park including biking, nature study, kayaking and canoeing programs particularly aimed at area youth.

The majority of this $4 million facility is being funded through a State grant acquired in 2003 with additional funding allocated to this project through Measure CC, a Park District parcel tax passed by voters in 2004.

The dedication begins at 1:00 pm with East Bay Regional Park District Board Member Doug Siden as emcee and greetings by Senator Loni Hancock. Following the ceremony will be an open house of the facility and several interpretive programs. The facility is located at 4675 Tidewater Avenue.

For more information on the East Bay Regional Park District recreation and interpretive programs, call 1-888-327-2757, option 1, or visit www.ebparks.org/activities.

If you would like to attend the Tidewater Dedication on March 5, please RSVP to bmontano@ebparks.org

Download > Dedication Invitation (PDF)

Shelly Lewis