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The Aquatic Park Trail travels along a hairpin-shaped route through Aquatic Park and around a small lake narrowly separated from the San Francisco Bay. The trail runs parallel to, and across Interstate 580 from, the growing San Francisco Bay Trail system, which is reachable via a trail bridge over the highway.
The Works Progress Administration built Aquatic 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 located 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 6th Street, and then right on Addison Street. Take that street to its end, and turn left on Bolivar Drive. There is limited parking on the east side of the park.
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