As part of the City of Oakland’s on-going effort to re-vitalize the Lake Merritt shoreline, the area surrounding the Lake Chalet Boathouse was renovated. New utilities (fire service, domestic water, sanitary sewer) were installed to service this popular restaurant with a great view. Adorning the Boathouse and shoreline, a new park was installed with decorative concrete paths, seating areas and landscape. Now everyone can enjoy this area including the environment through installation of a green roof, pervious concrete, and a decorative bio-swale; all designed to capture and filter runoff.
Lakeside Green Reconstruction is a 14-acre area designed to improve the traffic and experience of this vibrant and active area. At all times of the day, people can be found walking, biking, strolling, jogging and riding scooters around the lake. The constant movement of people and vehicles will benefit through pedestrian and bicycle use, calm traffic, increase parkland, improve Snow Park, and improve water quality. Another improvement to the park is the Fairyland Entrance. Along with a new and whimsical sign, the entrance features a whimsical concrete design, custom railing installation, and vibrant landscape. Children and adults of all ages will continue to enjoy Fairyland's mark on the community of Oakland, as well as the refreshing, new entrance.