Monday, February 15, 2021

Mixing History Into the Present Day


Township Commons is Oakland's new park. Back in the 1930's, the city of Oakland built the 9th Avenue Terminal for ships and until the 1960's it was used to load and unload break-bulk cargo- cargo that isn't transported in standard containers-like lumber and steel. By the 1960's almost everything could be put into a container and the 9th Avenue Terminal became a place that was not needed as ships started to outgrow the terminal.

The park took a long time to be built (and with it the apartments with it) and they couldn't retain the whole shed (where the ships could come in and load and off-load) but they did their best to retain what they could. To me they did a great job of mixing history into a cool present day park:

Part of the sheds where cargo was loaded and unloaded back in the day

This area used to flooded so ships could pull up and be unloaded and loaded

And they retained the chalks and everything that the ships would tie-up to:

And the views are amazing:

Even though it took a long time, they built Township Commons Park right. Mixing in Oakland's Shipping past with the present. 


  1. What an interesting place Patrick - not your everyday park by any means, but a great way to repurpose an industrial site into something green and community focused.

  2. That is so cool! I love parks like that. The benches are super cool looking.

  3. There will be so many good times to be had here! Thank you for sharing at

  4. Love this nd those benches interesting park and the mix :-)

    Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

  5. I like the yellow benches. That is a cool mix of of a spot.

  6. Very interesting idea for a park. Thanks for sharing. The water scene is very pretty.

  7. Oh, wow! I love the mix of old and new. This looks like a space that encourages people to slow down and think about the past and how it shaped the future. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

  8. I've passed the Port of Oakland many times while boating down the estuary. Thank you for the history.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day, Patrick. ☺

  9. Patrick,

    Fabulous photos and history. I love seeing historical places! Thanks for sharing and for linking up, my friend. Stay safe and be well!

  10. That is wonderful to see the old and the new together. Preserving pieces of the past is important, even if it's just little things.

    It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  11. That looks like a really cool place, Patrick! I love when history can be incorporated into present day things. It is so important to understand what came before us so we can better understand where we are going.



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