Oakland boasts one of the highest percentages of parks and open space per capita in the nation. The waterfront city is resplendent in lush green hills, forests, creeks, an estuary and two shimmering lakes. Oakland is at the heart of the East Bay Regional Park District, a splendid system of 73 parks and 31 regional hiking trails covering more than 120,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the parks offer an extraordinary variety of recreational activities including fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking or just relaxing in a beautiful natural setting. Oakland also enjoys an extensive collection of municipal parks, recreation centers, aquatic and water activity sites and sports fields.
We enthusiastically invite you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with over 100 City parks (includes parks, mini-parks and open-space) to choose from, grow delicious & organic vegetables at seven community gardening locations, play tennis at any of our 59 outdoor courts, pick up a club and play on the green at three spacious golf courses, grab a ball (soccer, softball, baseball or football) on any of our 53 athletic fields or dive into a refreshing pool to beat the heat at five locations.
Along Oakland's waterfront, there is easy access to yachting, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and more. Lake Merritt and the surrounding 122-acre Lakeside Park offer the nation's oldest wildlife refuge, sailing, rowing, a children's theme park and a walking/biking path in close proximity to shopping and Class A office space in downtown Oakland. Oakland is home to the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum and Arena. The sports complex hosts over 240 events a year including concerts, family shows and sporting events.