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A Sunday Walk on the Lakeshore Neighborhood's Hidden Pathways & Stairs

Now open for RSVPs. This is only the 4th time we do this walk so many of our regulars have not yet done it. We will gather in front of the Noble Cafe, a new starting point, which is about a block East from the corner of Broadway & Grand.

Update, the Noble Cafe now says it will stay closed in October for more renovations. However, we will still meet in front of there because the Whole Foods Store which is our main restroom and food stop is less than 3 blocks away and there is a big space in front of Noble Cafe for us to stand. Coincidentally, it was closed the last time we started a walk there. Anyone coming from the area of the BART station who needs to use a restroom immediately can first visit the Starbucks at Broadway & Grand.

If taking BART get off at the 19th Street BART Station and walk North on Broadway to Grand and then turn right & walk one block. At 10:40 we will start walking to the Whole Foods Market about 3 blocks away. Right now Noble Cafe is undergoing renovations.

I encourage people to take BART or other public transportation. However, if you need to drive there is free parking at Oakland meter spaces on Sundays. Everyone should bring water, paper towels and a map. Kids and cameras are very welcome. Dogs and other pets are not welcome. These walks in Oakland usually get much smaller turnouts. The only cost is $2 per adult. Kids free.

After Whole Foods we will walk to the Morcom Rose Garden to eat our sack lunches because it is the only place around big enough for our group to eat lunch. Therefor, we are forced to eat an early lunch at about 11:45 AM. Attendees who can't eat lunch that early may eat their lunches about 1:30 PM at our next restroom stop at the Davie Memorial Stadium (if they eat quickly).

After the rose garden we will walk through 18 hidden pathways and stairs to and inside Oakland's Lakeshore Neighborhood. The last 2 times we did this walk we could only do 16 because City Hall was renovating one of the stairways and that prevented us from reaching another stairway. That renovated stairway is now in top condition + my other Meetup group "Oakland Pathways Volunteers" has greatly improved 3 of the 18 pathway/stairways.

We will visit the Davie Memorial Stadium, a tennis stadium inside of a natural bowl of ground and plants. This is one of our hardest walks. We expect to reach the end about 4:15 PM. This walk is long and goes up and down a lot. Two days before a walk I e-mail all a weather report.

This walk's pathways and stairs range from just passable to good. Some of the concrete stairs have moved over the decades and attendees will have to watch their feet on all the pathways every second so as to not twist an ankle or fall down.

The ending point is the 19th Street BART Station. Then I will lead others to the starting point Starbucks. Other attendees may quit the group a few blocks earlier at Grand Ave & Harrison and walk directly to the Starbucks reaching there some minutes quicker.

Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on.

Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on.

Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. Photo taken early Nov. 2011. Since then my other Meetup group "Oakland Pathways Volunteers" removed the excess plant growth.

Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. I will buy some kind of gardening device & make this path better.

Below is one of the Lakeshore pathways/stairways we will walk on. This stairway with 100 steps helps show how hard this walk is.

Below is one of the Lakeshore pathways/stairways we will walk on. I found this stairway that is not in the most authoritative list.

Below is a part of the Davie Memorial Stadium.

Below spot in the stadium can serve for our group photo.

Below is a very narrow pathway on our route.

Below is a lovely garden in front of a big house.


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  • Howard S.

    Despite having 55 "Yes" RSVPs and great weather on the walk the turnout was only 21. We visited everything on the route including all 18 pathway/stairways. We reached our endpoint, the 19th Street BART Station, at 4:13 PM, 2 minutes early.

    October 8, 2012

  • Suzanne

    Walking through neighborhoods of beautiful homes, sneaking up and down stairways and paths some only one-person wide on a sunny, beautiful day, with really nice people--what's not to like?!?

    October 7, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Carpooling in Meetup is much more dangerous than it looks. To new members especially it looks like everybody knows everybody in Meetup when the reality is the opposite. Both, the organizers & do not know who the members are. 80% of my members have not shown up to even one of my events. Members post fake photos, fake names, fake everything. Meetup is just as dangerous as Craigs List where people were robbed, raped & murdered. The only difference is Craigs List is bigger.

    September 24, 2012

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