The first thing you see when approaching the Lincoln Park entrance from Alameda's High Street is a beautiful black iron gate. It looks like an old-school cemetery with manicured green lawns and big evergreen trees. But when you look past the majestic path inside, there are no headstones; it’s kid central.
Lincoln Park is marked by three main sections, all with slightly different scenes. The front half of the park has benches and green fields beneath a beautiful shock of pine trees. Walking paths for dogs on leashes wind past a couple picnic tables, and only one bbq. It’s very clean and well kept, it’s shady and cool. It’s a nice place to sit with an infant and be outdoors away from the loud kid chaos.
Things to do at Lincoln Park in Alameda
Not only is there plenty of open space, but tennis and basketball courts are available. There’s a family vibe here: folks actively playing with their kids. It doesn’t feel like a spot used by serious competitive athlete types; just families having fun.
Next are the playgrounds! They are located beneath a swath of impressive oak trees. A large play structure is designed for a range of ages.
Beside it, in the sand box area is the little kids structure. It has a couple bucket seat swings and a much smaller simple play structure. Both have nice shade, and either soft wood chips or sand.
There’s an exercise machine section that’s fenced off. The sign reads 12 and over. The machines are not intended for babies, which of course makes them highly attractive to babies.
Pro Tip: Hit the bathroom before you leave the house. The Lincoln Park bathrooms are not awesome for little kids, they aren’t super clean and lack a changing station.
The small parking lot is often filled up by kids using the sports field; however, there’s plenty of street parking.
The well-kept baseball diamond and soccer field are put to good use by local youth sports teams, and my sons enjoy watching the big boys practice.
Swimming at Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park boasts a swimming pool as well. You can pay to become a member and they do offer swimming lessons. Family swim hours are on the weekend afternoon.
Alameda Recreation and Parks Department hosts after-school care programs at Lincoln Park, so after 3pm, there are lots of kids using the facilities. They offer fun activities, like art tables and LEGO stations.
Pro Tip: Even if your kid isn’t enrolled in their program, sign a sheet, and they will allow your kids to play with the fun stuff they have set out for free.
Lincoln Park is beautiful because of the awesome trees and the safe, inviting vibe. It’s a lovely place for Alameda’s East End families come together to play and be active.