Lakeside Green Reconstruction

This project is a 14-acre complete green streets project to facilitate pedestrian and bicycle use, calm traffic, increase parkland, improve Snow Park, and improve water quality. The project was conceived as part of the Lake Merritt Master Plan.

OWNERCity of Oakland
LOCATIONLake Merritt


McGuire and Hester crews improved pedestrian crossings and pathways, reduced the width of Lakeside Drive, and installed rain gardens to treat storm water runoff. Our landscape crews planted new drought tolerant, native plants and a tree-lined pedestrian promenade.

To create the protected bike lane, one southbound traffic lane was cut from the original plan for Lakeside Drive between Madison and Harrison streets, creating one lane of traffic in both directions. The change increased the park’s size by 35,000 square feet, and called for an additional 15 trees to be planted in the median between the street and the bike lanes. The final phase of construction includes renovations to Snow Park including a new playground, bathroom and putting green renovations.

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