Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces
12th Street Reconstruction Project–The “Jewel of Oakland” Restored
Golden Associates, Landscape Architects, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Leslie Golden
Senior Associate: Laurie Batha
Associate: Hiroshi Sejima
Landscape Designer: Iris Ip
Client: Public Works Agency, City of Oakland
One of Oakland’s most ambitious undertakings, the 12th Street Reconstruction Project transformed Lake Merritt’s southern end from a thick maze of vehicular traffic into a new 3.5-acre park and wetland, restoring the ecological, social, and recreational function of the “Jewel of Oakland”. Through elegant street realignment, reduction in the number of traffic lanes, addition of a pedestrian bridge and extensive restoration of marsh habitat, the redesign of this degraded urban site physically and ecologically reconnects Oakland’s central business district and adjacent residential areas to the Lake Merritt Estuary. The 12th Street Reconstruction Project is the first phase of a larger project to link Lake Merritt to the regional San Francisco Bay Trail and reestablish ecological connectivity to the San Francisco Bay.