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Oaklavia Opens Streets to Celebrate the Renewal of Lake Merritt

12:45 PM PDT on June 25, 2013

Oakland celebrated improvements to Lake Merritt in style on June 9th, closing the streets ringing the city's historic centerpiece to cars--and opening them to cyclists, joggers, skaters, street performers and families. The 3.3-mile Ciclovía-style event coincided with the dedication of Lake Merritt Boulevard, a multimillion dollar project that has brought bike and pedestrian improvements to the lake's southern flank, along with a sparkling new amphitheater, a four-acre park, and a restored estuary connection to the San Francisco Bay.

The "Oaklavia" celebration was modeled after Sunday Streets events that have become a fixture in nearby San Francisco; and while Oakland's was the first in three years, planners expect many more to come.

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