10 June 2005

De La Fuente says, "Build at the Estuary"

Glenn Dickey reports that Oakland City Council president Ignacio De La Fuente has proposed the Estuary site to Lewis Wolff as the place to build a ballpark now that the Coliseum is not being heavily considered. The Estuary has been profiled in depth over the past few months. Check out the following links for more information:

I would encourage anyone who may be nearby or passing through Oakland and has time to do so to head out to the Estuary and walk around for a bit. It might stimulate your imagination. The Estuary site, also known as "Oak-to-Ninth", can be reached directly from I-880.

Directions from:
  • I-880 South, take the Embarcadero exit, make a right on the Embarcadero, which is at this point a frontage road. Drive back towards Jack London Square 1/2 mile, and it's on your left.
  • I-880 North, take the 5th Ave/Embarcadero exit, which will wind underneath the freeway, intersecting with the Embarcadero. Parking should be available on the other side of the street.
  • Downtown Oakland, take Oak St south (towards Jack London Square) and past I-880. Oak will end and merge with the Embarcadero (left or East). Proceed along the Embarcadero past the Aquatic Center for 1/2 mile. The site will be on your right.

If these directions are confusing, I apologize. Look up the address "1000 Embarcadero" or "1000 Embarcadero E" in Mapquest, Google maps, or your favorite address finder.


Mr. Oakland said...

From an asthetic point of view this site has no peers. It sits at the mouth of the Lake Merritt Channel and is at the nexus of the two greatest assets in the City of Oakland. This is the link which can bridge Lake Merritt and Jack London Square.