Aquatic Park Trail

California

Aquatic Park Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Alameda
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: San Francisco Bay Trail on W. Frontage Rd. and Bolivar Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6378443
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Aquatic Park Trail Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Aquatic Park Trail Reviews

Such a beautiful, well-kept park. Great place to walk with my dog.

Portions of this trail are not on smooth concrete. The trail splits off in various places and is fairly short if you're looking for a simple-to-skate trail. It's doable, but you'll have to roll over rough asphalt and turn around a few times to go back to your starting point and try the opposite direction.

Beautiful views but Poor pavement for skating.

Accordion

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 very pleasant place and my kids really enjoyed the playground.

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