The Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline is a lovely 741 acre regional park leased by the East Bay Regional Park District from the Port of Oakland. The purpose of the park is to protect what remains of the Oakland Estuary marshland.
Located near the Oakland Airport, within the park is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Grove, which is at Doolittle Drive and Swan Way. Community groups helped pay for construction of the grove, that was dedicated in 1993, and there is a donors wall in the grove with names inscribed.
Garretson Point is named in honor of the late Fred Garretson, a Tribune reporter whose stories inspired successful efforts at bayland preservation.
Migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway stop to rest at the 50 acre Arrowhead Marsh, that is a part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Some people go here to view helicopters.
The Duplex Cone sculpture by artist Roger Berry traces the paths of the summer sun and winter solstice.
All dogs visiting the park must be on their leashes at all times.
In 2015 the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline was awarded the Best Place for Family Bike Rides by the East Bay Express.
You can read about the ongoing restoration work going on at the park and the typical birds seen there in this Golden Gate Audubon blog: http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/blog-posts/restoring-habitat-at-mlk-shoreline/
Links and References
- Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline official website
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline SFGate.com