Lakeside Park Garden Center

Venue Details
Working Hours
  • Weekdays
    09:00 - 5:00
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Lakeside Park Garden Center

Lakeside Park Garden Center and Lakeside Park features grassy knolls, a small beach area at the lake, a magnificent columned, marbled bandstand and numerous sites for outdoor inspiration.

The Lakeside Park Garden Center is located inside Lakeside Park across from Lake Merritt, Lake Merritt Sailboat House and Children’s Fairyland. It is conveniently located near highway and public transportation access as well as off-street parking.Lakeside Park has a daily entrance fee as well as paid parking.

This oasis hosts garden shows, public and private events and numerous volunteer activities and services. Reservations are confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.



The Lakeside Park Garden Center houses two separate full-service kitchens and three rooms: the Vista Room, Ebell Room and Garden Room. You may hire a caterer of your choice.

The Vista Room has a raised platform, upright piano, sound system and ceiling to floor glass windows has a gorgeous view of the pebbled patio outdoor area, which leads to the exquisite Gardens of Lake Merritt.

The Ebell Room has high vaulted ceilings with beam lighting, a performance stage and a beautiful view of an interior garden and the Lawn Bowling Green.

The Garden Room features glass walls that let in natural light with a close view of the Japanese Garden and koi pond. The sliding glass doors provide direct access to the gorgeous Japanese garden with a Japanese-style house seating area.

The Firescape Garden is nestled in the seven-acre collection of Gardens of Lake Merritt. This charming outdoor paved area is within walking distance of the Lakeside Park Garden Center and Lake Merritt Sailboat House.

At Your Service

The Central Reservations Unit at Oakland Parks and Recreation provides highly personalized attention to help you plan your special event. Our excellent customer service and personalized guided tours ensure that your meeting or celebration is a success, filled with happy memories. Call to set up your appointment today.

Key Features


Ebell Room Capacity:
Theater = 175 • Standing = 250 • Banquet = 175

Garden Room Capacity:
Theater = 75 • Standing = 100 • Banquet = 50

Vista Room Capacity:
Theater = 225 • Standing = 300 • Banquet = 150

Complete form to reserve Lakeside Park Garden Center

We cordially invite you to celebrate your special private event or your next business meeting at an Oakland Parks and Recreation rental venue.

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Rental Fees (The minium rental requirement and deposit are required when the facility is reserved 31 days in advance.)