Port View, Park Oakland
A small park near the Port Of Oakland
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Bay Trail led in
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Port View Park external link Oakland, California
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A new section of the Bay Trail external link led the way into Port View Park. A rail line used to follow this path. In the old days this rail line was used to haul freight into and out of the Port of Oakland external link.


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Old rail bridge
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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An old railroad bridge led into the park. Boulders have been placed to prevent the passage of motor vehicles. The path continues forward to the fence, then left and around a fenced off area.


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Scenic view past a fence
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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The bay trail led alongside a safety railing with benches and a view of Middle Harbor. The fence cyclone fence to the right surrounded an old building and old rail tracks that had not yet been removed.


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The small park itself
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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The small park itself was a grassy area which ended at old pavement filled with unused railroad tracks. The mixture of industrial and pastoral didn't work. Instead the park felt incomplete.


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Small but nice
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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The park was small but nice. A new building alongside the park was closed that weekend, but open during the week for children's activities and a viewing room to watch the rail activities in the port. The art in front of the building was inspired by the railroad history of the place. A fake man in the window of the building forever waved at the trains.


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Port View Park's view
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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The Port Of Oakland actually surrounded this park. There were port facilities behind and in front of it. Ahead the facilities on the far side of Middle Harbor could be seen.

This park had a modestly shaded picnic area, a play ground, and unseen far off to the right was a fishing pier.


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Parking behind
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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Parking was behind the activity building. No public transit line ran to this park. It was only accessible by car or by bicycle from BART.


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A map at the grass corner
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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A handy map located at the north-eastern corner of the small lawn showed the layout of the facility. A long, thin park.


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International Maritime Center
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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The International Maritime Center and Seafarer's Club external link were located in a small building just to the east of the grassy area. Although not technically part of the park, it did grace the park with additional flavor.


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Sign at a dead end gate
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Port View Park, Oakland, California
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A sign on a fence located at a dead end indicated that this was the pedestrian path. Actually one must go back around the fenced area to return to Middle Harbor Park. Too bad the street over the bridge ahead lacked a sidewalk.


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