Portfolio: n. a set of pictures; a selection of a student’s work
Port: n. a place where ships can take on or deliver cargo; a harbor
Park: n. a piece of ground in or near a city or town kept for ornament and recreation
Picture: n. a transitory visible image or reproduction; a photograph
Picnic: n. an outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten outside
I am back at home after five lovely days visiting my kids and grandkids in Oakland, California. I could have been in Portland, for the gray skies and rain we had, but Saturday the sun came out and we took off for a picnic at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, which I believe is Oakland’s newest and as yet still undiscovered park.
OMiGod, what a fabulous place – especially for young un’s learning to ride bikes and needing safe wide-open trails – and parents wanting fresh air, natural beauty, and a novel perspective. More than two miles of pathways encircle and crisscross the edges of the Middle Harbor Basin and acres of rolling grass fields ask for games of frisbee, catch, or flying kites. It’s like having a front row seat on the San Francisco Bay – you can poke around the beach while watching boats and barges or you can lift your gaze to the spectacles of the Bay Bridge and the city of San Francisco. Look behind you and watch the seemingly robotic operations of a busy international trade hub.
This 38-acre park opened in 2004 as a joint venture between the Port of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Park District. Originally it was the Oakland Naval Supply Depot, an important part of the WWII war effort. Extensive community involvement went into the park’s planning and development, with the goals of creating a place for learning about local history, ecology and maritime activities. Here are some more pictures: