Sunday June 9th, 2013 is Love Our Lake Day at Lake Merritt! 11am-4pm

*UPDATE*: WOBO is asking for your feedback on Love Our Lake Day!

From the press release:

Come play in the car-free streets & parks surrounding Lake Merritt – transformed through Measure DD


Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park and surrounding Oakland neighborhoods .Enjoy a fun-packed Sunday around Lake Merritt that celebrates Oakland’s investment through Measure DD which has transformed Lake Merritt. Pedal and paddle the lake at Oaklavía -Oakland Sunday Streets. The festive event will enrich three miles of car-free streets with recreation and cultural activities for the entire family.

At 2:00 p.m., join Mayor Jean Quan on the south end of the lake for the Grand Opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard featuring a beautiful new amphitheater and four-acre park. Enjoy live entertainment by Oakland artists; children’s activities; Oakland food trucks; and information booths and photographs highlighting the many transformative projects brought about by Measure DD, the voter-approved bond for Clean Water & Safe Parks. Presented by the City of Oakland, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and the Measure DD Community Coalition. 

External link:

Press Coverage




Cello Joe plays with pedal power!~cellojoe.comGreta and Dutch Rock it Out!

some of the bike parking -gk


The following Video opens with Entertainment clips before the main Measure DD Dedication Ceremony, followed by speeches from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Jean Quan, and California Governor Jerry Brown.

Fun Stuff I Saw/Heard:

a cappella group singing smooth jams, capoereria, dance lessons, bike mechanics, circus, pedal powered soundsystem with cello joe 

Also heard at #loveourlakeday: "Lake Merritt is so small!"

Cello Joe with a Pedal Powered Sound System from Larken on Vimeo.

It feels so much safer and more fun with out automobiles around the lake! More space for dance, music, bicycles of all shapes and sizes, culture, dog walking, and families. Cute Quote from a Dad and daughter who pull up and say, "Hey do you remember Cello Joe from when we ran into him playing in the city....This time he is dressed like a Wizard!"

Oaklavia Closes streets to celebrate the renewal of Lake Merritt from Streetfilms on Vimeo.