Jack London Aquatic Center
has two outstanding sites for aquatic sports like sailboarding,
small-boat sailing, kayaking, and rowing: Lake Merritt and the Oakland
Think of the middle Estuary as recreational open space. What is needed
is a "trail-head," to create access to that open space.
One proposal is to create a multi-use public aquatic center at Oakland's
Estuary Park, where Lake Merritt Channel enters the Estuary. The five
boat bays proposed for the ground flood would house a variety of aquatic
programs, serving all of the citizens of Oakland. The upper floor would
provide classrooms and other public facilities.
The Jack London Aquatic Center has been proposed by the Oakland Office
of Parks, Recreation and Cultural affairs, and the non-profit Jack
London Aquatic Center, Inc.
Jack London Aquatic Center, Inc.
"Walk Along the Water"
© Oakland Museum of California, used with permission.
Update: The Oakland City Council voted in 1997 to underwrite
construction of a boathouse in Estuary Park and to engage the non-profit
Jack London Aquatic Center Inc. to design and build the boathouse.
Construction was completed in October 2000, and the boathouse is now
operated by the JLAC. -
Jack London Aquatic Center, Inc., 2009
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