Creating New Land in San
the late 1960s, the Port of Oakland filled some of the wetlands in San
Leandro Bay, creating new land to build a warehouse to serve air cargo
carriers using the Oakland Airport. The first step was building a dike
to hold back the water, and then soil was placed behind the dike,
covering the natural wetlands with dry land. Many businesses, including
United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service built facilities on
the newly created land. Around the edge of the of the newly created
land, the East Bay Regional Park District created the Martin Luther King
Jr. Regional Shoreline Park.
"Walk Along the Water"
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