City Of Oakland News: Lake Merritt Snow Park Pedestrian Promenade Grand Opening June 10th

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(Last Updated On: June 9, 2019)

Oakland, CA (release) – The ’s Oakland Public Works Department completed the last major piece of the Master Plan, the Lakeside Green Streets project and Snow Park reconstruction, bordered by Harrison St. and Lakeside Dr. between 19th Street and Grand Avenue.

The project is a 14-acre “complete street” and park expansion project that increases park lands around and at Snow Park, improves water quality, calms traffic, and dramatically improves pedestrian and bicycle comfort and safety.

Grand Opening: The public is invited to celebrate the ’s grand opening of the Lakeside Green Streets Project:

When: Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m

Where: The new Snow Park Pedestrian Promenade (nearest the intersection of Harrison and 20th streets)

Features of the Project: The additional open space at Snow Park and around adds recreation opportunities and beauty to the area while providing space for rain gardens that treat stormwater run-off from surrounding roads before it enters . Park and recreational elements include:

Expanded Snow Park and park area around
A new tree-lined pedestrian promenade
New play structures and putting green
New public art
Renovated bathrooms
Formalized pathways with benches
New section of running trail along
Improved lakeside pedestrian trail

This is a visionary effort: both a great park project and a great transportation project. The project improves pedestrian and bicycle connections in a heavily traveled corridor between Adams Point, Oakland Avenue, and the Grand Lake Neighborhoods and destinations such as , the Uptown and Downtown business districts and the 19th/20th Streets BART stations. The new bicycle and pedestrian facilities include:

Innovative new protected cycletrack, 2,200 feet of beautified, protected space for people of all ages and abilities to bike and ride scooters along
Traffic calming on Harrison Street and Lakeside Drive
Improved intersection safety and buffered bike lanes
New and shortened crosswalks
New sidewalks and improved pedestrian entries to at all cross-street locations with new accessible access nodes and pathways that lead to the lakeside trail.

Public art — Makkeweks:

Oakland Bay Area Artist Team Of Wowhaus
Oakland Bay Area Artist Team Of Wowhaus

Funding sources:

Measure DD: Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
Metropolitan Transportation Commission grants
Alameda County Transportation Commission and Measure B/BB Local Streets and Roads sales tax funds – Direct Local Distributions
Measure F – Vehicle Registration Fund

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