Right next to the Lakeview Library in Oakland, you will find Astro Tot Lot now open. Lake Merritt makes a scenic location for this recently redone playground with all new equipment. Right off 580, this park is a terrific playground for kids to enjoy the city Oakland.
What’s great about the Astro Tot Lot
The equipment is new and it is FUN in all capital letters. Great for little ones to explore and bigger kids, too: Slides, swings, stuff to climb over, monkey bars, spinny things.
The Lakeview Library location makes a nice compromise for a set of siblings with different interests or to run your ya-yas off after storytime.
A large field was preserved for running around with volleyball and soccer games on the weekends
The vibrant lakeside spot means more activities and a short walk from many great coffee spots (including Perch). On Saturdays, you’ll be playing very near to the Grand Lake Farmers Market.
What’s not so great about the Astro Tot Lot
While we love this recently improved urban playground for locals, it would be a challenge to come from other places in the (510). Most times of day, the parking in this neighborhood is hard to find, and the nearest BART station is about a mile away.
There’s no shade at this tot lot.
My other word of warning relates to the lack of fencing around the park. If you are actively playing with your little one, this may not be an issue, but parents of “runners” or more than one child, may really hate the proximity to busy streets with no fence around the structures. I know I would have.
Totally fun playground near a library and lake — with terrible parking and no shade or fence.
Between MacArthur Boulevard and Lakeshore Avenue near Lake Merritt’s Embarcadero. The Astro Tot Lot, in Eastshore Park across from Lakeview Library has many names. It is also known as “Astro Park”, “Lakeview Park” and “Library Park”.