Tucked in behind the busy Oakland Children's Hospital, Dover Street Park in North Oakland (technically, the Bushrod neighborhood) is a fun stop off the beaten path. Fully gated and free toys make it perfect for beginning walkers to preschoolers.
Bring a ball to throw in the grass, or take a spin around on one of the donated push-toys. It's also home to a flourishing community garden – it's always fun to see what's growing.
Lynn Johnson, co-founder of Go Girls! Camp, tells us more about the garden, “My family is partial to Dover Park. It’s a small park with just an old-school play structure, but that’s not what makes it special. It is also the home of a community garden run by Phat Beets Produce, a food justice program that educates youth and empowers farmers of color. We order our weekly CSA box from them and love getting to hang out in the garden and see what they are up to.”
Dover Street Park is located at 5701 Dover Street between 57th St & 58th St in Oakland. You should find plenty of street parking.
The Dover Street Park edible garden has a facebook group. If you're interested in community-building and vegetable-growing, check it out.