Lakeside Park is best known for Lake Merritt which is one of the most celebrated and accessible parks in Oakland with hundreds of visitors enjoying the park and its unique amenities daily. There are so many enjoyable activities and places to have an adventure while visiting inside Lakeside Park. Stroll along Edoff Memorial Bandstand which was built in 1923. Jog or bike along paved trails. Enjoy bird watching near the five bird islands at Lake Merritt, the oldest wildlife refuge in North America.