By Captain Obvious (KenO)
Thanks to John Klein for posting photos of our local repaving team at work:
Keeping Lake Merritt firmly ensconced in a brand new asphalt setting (or “collet” if you are British) will keep our aqueous Jewel looking shiny and welcoming for quite some time. The city’s Public Works department has also repaved the walking paths around the south side of the lake. Completing the makeover, with the new Lake Chalet finally open, the Lake now has its own upscale eatery.
Do not interpret any of this as diminishing the important part (and utility) of the Lake Merritt Bakery though. The Merritt R&B is still open until 12am or 2am (thanks Oakland city council for the 2am must-close rule!) unlike the 3-4am sitdown times I enjoyed back in my 20s after a night of hard SF house clubbing.
Lake Merritt really is Oakland’s answer to Tourist & DeLuca’s Golden Gate Park. Our city’s greatest natural resource is more lake than forest and glade, but it satisfies. LM is Oakland’s more casual version of Hong Kong’s Victoria Bay, Venezia’s canal system or Berkeley’s Marina.
Like SFGGP, LM has a (smaller) menagerie of botanical gardens. LM has a boathouse like Fremont’s Lake Elizabeth or Seattle’s Lake Union from which you can rent boats or take sailing lessons. People use both parks for picnics, jogging, volleyball, being homeless, walking pooch, cycling and meeting up. Good parks are critical to any city’s collective mental and physical well-being. Jogging and walking the lake has helped keep me fit!
It’s nice to see Oakland city hall keeping dollars flowing to the lake’s upkeep, even though the city’s leaders have stopped maintaining many small parks and street medians due to falling tax revenue.
I’m glad the city never put in a bridge over the lake. Oakland has plenty of concrete square footage already. The mini CFL light bulbs, vegas style, are a nice touch, save money and save carbon.
What needs Fixing?
— water fountains – not all of them work
What do you think – is the lake being maintained as well as SF’s Golden Gate Park? What can be improved?