The Aquatic Park Trail travels along a hairpin-shaped route through Aquatic Park and around a small lake narrowly separated from the bay. The trail runs parallel to, and across the road from, the San Francisco Bay Trail
Emeryville to Richmond segment.
The Works Progress Administration built the park in the mid-1930s as part of the Berkeley Waterfront Project. The lake conforms to international standards for model yacht racing. Aquatic Park includes many amenities: elaborate playground, rowing center and boating, disc golf and fitness course. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Aquatic Park is at 80 Bolivar Drive, at the foot of Bancroft Way between Ashby and University avenues in southwest Berkeley. To reach Aquatic Park from I-80/I-580, head north or south and exit at University Avenue; turn right on 9th Street, right on Addison Street and go to the end; turn left Bolivar Drive. There is limited parking on the east side of park.
We had a great time here with my kids, but I wouldn't recommend for in-line skating. The trail would go smooth for 50 feet, then go very rough for 30 feet, repeat. The rough sections were difficult for my kids to skate without falling.
Otherwise it's ...