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Drone Photos and video: Township Commons waterfront park opens at Brooklyn Basin in Oakland


Perfect for these socially-distanced times, Oakland’s new outdoor waterfront living room opened at Brooklyn Basin on Wednesday.

Created from the remains of the 9th Avenue shipping terminal built in 1930, Township Commons park was designed by Oakland-based Einwiller Kuehl Landscape Architecture. Liz Einwiller, Sarah Kuehl and their team managed to transform a once-blighted industrial waterfront into a public outdoor space while keeping key pre-existing features such as the eastern-facing historic terminal front, gigantic metal structural trusses and the skeleton of the triangle-shaped terminus on the western end.

Some retail has opened in what’s left of the 20,0000-square-foot terminal building, including Rocky’s Market, The Kitchen at Rocky’s Market with outdoor dining, and California Canoe & Kayak.

An acre of wooden decking on the pier with bright yellow oversized wooden chaise lounge chairs and benches scattered throughout gives the feel of a boardwalk, and developers plan to install public art in the future. The park also provides a connection to the Bay Trail.

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 19: The Brooklyn Basin development and the new Township Commons park, bottom right, are seen from this drone view in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The park replaced the 9th Avenue shipping terminal which was built in 1930, but incorporated parts of it in the new design. The 65-acre development will include 32 acres of parks along the Oakland Estuary. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Brooklyn Basin residents Mike and Genevive Karlberg walk through the Township Commons park at Brooklyn Basin in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The park replaced the 9th Avenue shipping terminal which was built in 1930, but incorporated parts of it in the new design. The 65-acre development will include 32 acres of parks along the Oakland Estuary. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 19: The Brooklyn Basin development and Interstate 880, upper left, are seen from this drone view in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The 65-acre development will also include 32 acres of parks along the Oakland Estuary. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Darren Cockrell and his children Casey Levine, 4, and Marvin, 2, pause to watch the sunset as they bicycle through the Township Commons park at Brooklyn Basin in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The park replaced the 9th Avenue shipping terminal which was built in 1930, but incorporated parts of it in the new design. The 65-acre development will include 32 acres of parks along the Oakland Estuary. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 19: The new Township Commons park and Brooklyn Basin development are seen from this drone view in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. The park replaced the 9th Avenue shipping terminal which was built in 1930, but incorporated parts of it in the new design. The 65-acre development will include 32 acres of parks along the Oakland Estuary. (Jane Tyska/Bay …read more

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