Social History of Lake Merritt
Presented by Dianne Fristrom
***NOTICE: The date of this walk has been changed to September 15!!!****
We’ll start at the rooftop garden of the Oakland museum (no entrance fee required), where we’ll get a good overview of the Lake and an introduction to Lake history. From there we’ll walk along Oak St./Lakeside Dr. to Grand Ave. This stretch includes both the oldest and the newest buildings on the Lake plus a few other surprises. Over the last 150 years the Lake has oscillated between jewel and sewer. We’ll try to recreate a few snapshots in time to see how the attitudes and technologies of the day influenced the wildlife of the lake. We’ll end with a glimpse into the future with the completion of projects under measure DD.
Dr Dianne Fristrom is a retired biologist from UC Berkeley and a natural history docent at the Oakland museum. She and her husband moved to Oakland in 2000 to a condominium on Lakeside Drive. The new location inspired an interest in birding – starting with learning to identify the Lake’s waterfowl. More recently she has focussed on learning about the social history of Lake Merritt.