Lincoln Park is an expansive park in Alameda’s East End. It features grassy spaces, meandering paths, play structures (new as of Fall 2022), a swimming pool, and various sports areas. It’s a space where individuals of all ages and interests can gather and enjoy the outdoors.
Things to do at Lincoln Park in Alameda
Lincoln Park has a friendly-vibe. It sits between High Street and Fernside Boulevard in the East End neighborhood. It’s the type of place where people just want to have fun and enjoy doing something they love: playing with friends, cheering for a little league team, strolling down the paths, or hitting a pickle ball. Lincoln Park is extremely well maintained and appeals to multiple generations. Plus, several features are new or recently updated.
Pro Tip: The park is just a couple blocks away from Christmas Tree Lane, a charming neighborhood light display on view every December. Visit the playground, then see the lights.
Lincoln Park features two play areas, one for tots and another for bigger kids, that are designed with a creative jungle theme. The play areas are next to each other and located in the center of the park. A handful of benches line the play areas so it’s easy to watch kids of various ages playing in the two spaces. A few trees provide partial shade throughout the day.
In the big kid area, there are several slides of the covered, twisty, and side-by-side variety. Numerous climbing features help move kids throughout the structure. Look for stepping stones, ropes, ladders, stairs, rock climbing walls, and monkey bars. A ramp and bench-style, rocking seesaw make the play space more accessible. Several fun animals decorate the space, and also provide engagement through sensory play. For instance, children can feel the texture of the tiger or move giant, colorful marbles within the giraffe’s spots. Traditional swings and a climbable lion statue add to the fun.
A sizeable tot lot provides little ones with plenty of space to play and explore. Climb and slide on the traditional play structure, or bounce on the bridge, which has a trampoline-style base. Improve balance on the log and stepping stones. Relax in the bucket swings. Although the tot lot isn’t fully fenced it, it’s nestled between sports courts to create one open side to move in and out of the play area.
Along High Street, the park is a peaceful and natural space. There are a handful of benches and green fields beneath towering trees. Walking paths for dogs on leashes wind past gardens. It’s very shady and cool. An ideal place to sit with an infant and be outdoors, away from the loud kid chaos of the play areas.
Sports Courts and Fields
The well-kept baseball diamond and soccer field are put to good use by local youth sports teams. Four pickleball courts are constantly in use. Next to the playground is a handball area and fitness equipment. Two bocce ball courts are also onsite, however these are only available with a permit and reservation.
Lincoln Park boasts a quaint swimming pool; however, it’s only open to residents of Alameda. The pool hosts swim teams events and family swim hours on weekends during the spring and summer months. The pool is maintained and run by the Alameda Swimming Pool Association. Learn more by visiting their website >
There’s plenty of green space to lay out a picnic blanket through the park. For those looking to reserve a space, there are two designated picnic areas adjacent to the swimming pool and play structures. A dozen or so tables make up the picnic area. Shade is limited, but the space is well maintained. Bonus that it’s next to a small parking lot and the public restrooms. Reserve these spaces online through the city’s website.
Location: 1450 High Street, Alameda
Unique Features: Tot lot play structure includes several climbing opportunities and slides; stepping stones and balance log; bouncy things. Big kid play structure has a handful of climbing features and slides; ramp; spinning seat; rocking seesaw. Jungle-themed decor and sensory play elements throughout.
Swings: Two baby bucket swings in the tot lot; four big kid swings in the older kid play area.
Fenced in? No, but the tot lot is enclosed on three sides. Playground sits within the center of the park away from busy streets.
Surfaces: Fresh wood chips.
Bathroom: Yes. It’s clean and features a baby changing table in the women’s restroom.
Lunch tables & seating: Several benches scattered throughout and several tables in the reservable picnic area.
Parking: Easy street parking all around the park. Small parking lot with entrance off Fernside Blvd.
Shade: There are lovely trees that provide shade over the grassy areas off High Street. There is partial shade in both the tot lot and bigger playground.
Pros: Mixed-age appropriate; lots of open space; unique climbing features; accessible features on big kid structure; cute design; new and well maintained.
Cons: Woodchip surface aren’t ideal for those with limited mobility; tot lot not fulled fenced in; parking lot fills quickly on weekends.