Bohol Circle Immigrant Park & Playground in Alameda - 510 Families
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Bohol Circle Immigrant Park & Playground in Alameda

Pretend to be captain of a ship at Alameda’s newest playground in Bohol Circle Immigrant Park. This waterfront park is located at the east end of the island along the estuary — aka down the street from Alameda Target.

Wide view of ship-inspired playground
Ahoy! This play structure is great for kids all about boats | Photo: Maureen Burke

This large park is situated along the Oakland Inner Harbor, near the Webster Street Tube. It offers sweeping views of the water, Port of Oakland’s cranes, and downtown Oakland’s skyline. You’ll see plenty of wildlife and boats passing by, especially ferries, sailboats and ocean-crossing cargo ships. It’s quite the sight!

Child eating snack at picnic table along waterfront
Play i Spy Ship Edition while having a snack | Photo: Maureen Burke

A modern playground has a unique nautical theme and appeals to all — babies to grade school kids. A climbing area fashioned after a ship, elevated pathways, and a hill-slide combo keep kids engaged and moving. Picnic tables invite gatherings, a circular stage is just to host a community performance, and a sizable maze provides new opportunities to play. This city park is adjacent to a crop of new homes (but isn’t linked to the housing development) so everything is fresh and clean. Parking isn’t ideal, but the park’s amenities make up for that.

Child climbing play structure
Plenty of climbing opportunities | Photo: Maureen Burke

Bohol Circle Immigrant Park Features

Location: 2901 5th Street, Alameda
Unique Features: The play structure is designed after a ship, complete with a spacious bow, multiple levels, a steering wheel, rock climbing, and a telescope. There’s also a hill with obstacles, a double slide, stairs and ladders to climb, an elevated walking path, balance beams, a spinny thing, and a 4-person see-saw. A small tot playstructure, with a small slide and mirror, that appeals to babies who could sit upright, stand, or crawl. Outside of the playground, there’s an interesting maze to complete by foot, bike, or scooter. Permanent cornhole and fishing-related areas are also on site.
Swings: No.
Fenced in? Not really. There are bench-like barriers so a crawling baby couldn’t leave the space, but climbers could easily get over.
Surfaces: There’s a cushy rubber mat surface in the play structure area. Crushed gravel and pavement in the picnic areas and waterfront area.
Bathroom: Yes, several of them, and they are very clean (for now)! Some include baby changing tables.
Lunch tables & seating: Several picnic tables are located next to the playground and along the waterfront. A second picnic area is closer to the housing community. Benches are scattered about.
Parking: Very limited free parking within walking distance of the park on Fifth Street. Park in Alameda Landing’s parking lot or along Mitchell Avenue, then walk about 5 minutes. Pay attention to parking signs and restrictions.
Shade: Limited as the landscaping is freshly planted.
Pros: The play structure is brand-spanking new. Great for mobile babies, tots, preschoolers, and grade school kids. Plenty of opportunities to climb. Located near walking paths and waterfront, which offers prime boat spotting.
Cons: Limited shade and grassy space. Nearby parking is limited. The lack of swings may be disappointing to some.

Child going down slide
Race down the slide, climb up the hill, and repeat! | Photo: Maureen Burke

The Bottom Line on Bohol Circle Immigrant Park

This park has so much to offer. Its waterfront location can’t be beaten and makes it an ideal spot for a picnic or family gathering. The playground is very modern and features a unique ship-like design. It’s located just minutes from Target so families can run some errands and then enjoy park time. It’s definitely worth a trip to this side of Alameda!

Child on balance beams at playground
There’s lots of boat-inspired equipment at this park | Photo: Maureen Burke

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