NEIGHBORHOOD WATER SKATE AMUSEMENT COUNTY/REGIONAL STATE NATIONAL

Lakeside Park

666 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

Lakeside Park Photos

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Description

Lakeside Park is the park at the east end of Lake Merritt along Grand Ave. It contains Children's Fairyland, the Lake Merritt Boating Center, the Jr. Center of Art and Science, the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club, beautiful gardens, a majestic bandstand that was built in 1923, four islands that are perfect for bird watching, and the Kiwanis Kiddie Korner which was first created in 1954. These pictures are from the Kiddie Korner.

We stopped to play here after leaving Fairyland one day. It's a nice enough park, just watch your step going to and from the park with all of the bird poop.

The play area did have graffiti, but otherwise the play structures were bright and in good condition. The big kid structure is divided by some climbing steps. My older kid enjoyed trying to make his way from one part of the structure to the other without falling off. The little kid play structure is basically a tree house.

The ground surface is sand, mixed with pebbles, dirt, and tree droppings. It's not very soft. But my kids had fun burning off a little more energy. It would be fun when they're older to bike ride around Lake Merritt and stop at the play area for a rest.

Beware that parking at Lakeside Park, including Fairyland is $2 for 2 hours during the week and $5 on the weekends. They prefer exact change. And dogs are not allowed in the park.

Park Features

  • Bathrooms - No
  • Climbing Wall - No
  • Parking Lot - Yes
  • Rec Center - No
  • Sand - Yes
  • Skateboard Area -No
  • Slides - 4
  • Swings (Big kid) - 4
  • Swings (Tot) - 2
  • Tire Swing - No
  • Water Play - No
  • Zip Line - No
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