|The lagoon, as seen from the pedestrian bridge.|
I have ridden my bike through the park quite a lot, but I had never taken the time to really explore it. I used the park, and its paths, as a way to connect points A and B, and anything interesting along the way was largely incidental. However, the first time I actually stopped and looked around I saw numerous different marine birds, including a pelican feeding in the lagoon, realized that the enormous playground in the park is something that I would have fought long and hard to have at my elementary school (it's so big and tall that some Berkeley parent groups have listed it as "unsafe"...oh yes), and found out that there is some fast and fun, though non-technical, urban mountain biking paths through the brush. I don't know if there's enough here to warrant a full day of exploring, but it sure is a pretty park on the way to somewhere else.
Getting There By Bike...
I generally approach the park from Emeryville, crossing onto Shellmound St. from 64th and heading north until I reach the gates of the park. An alternate route, for those approaching from the north, would be to simply take Bancroft until it dead ends at the water. Voila, you have found Berkeley Aquatic Park. Traffic in the park is non-existent, though there are all the usual problems associated with multi-use paths; pedestrians, jogging moms, stray dogs, and other cyclists. Bring a bell and ride politely. It's also directly across the highway from the Berkeley Marina. Take a quick spin over the pedestrian bridge and there you are.