For 2020 my goal is to highlight East Bay hidden gems – either parks, places, restaurants or shops that even people who have been in the East Bay for 20 years (like me!) might not know about. For January, the subject will be Middle Harbor Shoreline Park right at the Port of Oakland.
I have known and heard about this park for the last 10 years at least, and have always had it in the back of my mind to get over and see it. I Finally was able to go on a beautiful Saturday just after the new year. Wow, totally surprised about how cool this place is, and also how much space is out there. My wife and I were able to do a 2-mile walk and we only covered half of the whole park.
The park opened in 2004 after a couple of years of reconfiguration and restoration. It had been the main site for the Oakland Naval Supply Depot which was established in 1940 and decommissioned in 1998. Obviously there is a lot of history here, and there are interpretive signs with more info all around the park.
Basically, this is one of the best views of San Francisco and everywhere you walk you are rewarded with a bit different perspective. Both my wife and I were amazed that we had not been here before considering what a peaceful place it is and the setting it affords. Bonus – if you are interested in watching some massive cargo cranes loading and unloading ships, you get front row views!
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is located on San Francisco Bay and the Port of Oakland entrance channel, west of downtown Oakland. It is owned and operated by the Port of Oakland. The park entrance is at the intersection of 7th and Middle Harbor Streets. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk.