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From Berkeley

  • Take 580 to the Grand Avenue Exit. (Park Ave. Exit = You went too far)
  • Turn right onto Grand Avenue and (at the first light) go through about 4 stoplights
  • Turn left at the 5th light onto Bellevue Avenue (a one way street, you will be entering Lakeside Park so look for the”Children’s Fairyland” sign at the park entrance)
  • If you pass Harrison Ave. you’ve gone too far
  • Follow Bellevue as it curves around until you see a large blue building on the right, with a parking lot just past it
  • Turn into the large parking lot on the right and park
  • Rotary Nature Center-Duckpond = You went too far
  • Walk back to the building (The Boating Center) and follow signs (by the pay telephone) to either upstairs or to the classroom.
  • The Institute Office is upstairs inside the glass doors

From Fremont

  • Take 880 to 580 to the Harrison St. exit (Just past grand / lakeshore exit)
  • (Broadway/Macarthur = too far) Turn left and cross freeway
  • Go downhill to stoplight at Bay Place, turn left
  • Keep in right lane
  • Turn left onto Grand Avenue; get in right lane
  • Turn right onto Bellevue Avenue (a one way street)
  • (You will be entering Lakeside Park)
  • (Look for the “children’s fairyland” sign at the park entrance)
  • Follow Bellevue as it curves around
  • Turn into the large parking lot on the right and park
  • (Just past the large blue building – the sailboat house)
  • (Rotary Nature Center-duckpond = you went too far)
  • Walk to the larger building with docks
  • Go up stairs by pay telephone
  • Go through glass doors; Institute door is on left

Parking
There is a parking lot adjacent to the Institute office in Lakeside Park.
The Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation charges for parking in Lakeside Park.
On weekdays (beginning at 1 pm) the fee is $2 for 2 hours or $10 for all day (the park is closed late at night).
On weekends and holidays, the fee is $5 for all day.