NEIGHBORHOOD WATER SKATE AMUSEMENT COUNTY/REGIONAL STATE NATIONAL
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Crown Memorial State Beach

Crown Memorial State Beach

Eighth St. and Otis Dr.
Alameda, CA 94501

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Description

Crown Beach is operated by the East Bay Regional Park District under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and City of Alameda. The crown gem of the park is its 2.5-mile beach, with sand dunes bordering a bicycle trail. The beach is a great achievement of landscaping and engineering. In 1982 after wind and water action had eroded the beach dangerously, it was restored with sand from San Francisco Bay, pumped ashore by pipeline from a barge.

From the 1880s until the early 1940's, Alameda Beach was known as Neptune Beach, a grand amusement center. Neptune Beach was known for its beautiful sands and warm waters and was a popular day-trip destination for residents from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. It earned the nickname "Coney Island of the West". The amusement park era may be over, but the beautiful beach is back, bordered by lawns and picnic grounds.

The biggest event at Crown Memorial Beach is the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, held on a low-tide Saturday morning in June. The contest is open to all ages and attracts hundreds of participants and spectators. High tide destroys the incredible sand creations, but winners receive trophies and ribbons as mementos of their artistry.

The park also features a summer series of concerts called Concerts at the Cove. Enjoy great music with family and friends all for free. Be sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair!

Park Features

  • Type - Beach
  • Bathrooms - Yes
  • Camping Allowed - No
  • Parking Lot - Yes

Parking Fee

(Check with park)

  • $5.00 per vehicle

Admission Prices

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  • Child - none
  • Adult - none
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