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The East Bay Regional Park District will open the Tidewater Boating Center in a public dedication ceremony led by Board member Doug Siden and Senator Loni Hancock at 1:00pm on March 5. The Boating Center sits on the shore of the Oakland Estuary at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park at 4675 Tidewater Avenue. The shoreline complex has an ADA accessible dock for boat launching and kayakers. The Tidewater Boating Center houses a boathouse, storage facility, a security residence and an administrative building. The roof forms were inspired by the shape of an oar blade, and the complex is intended to be a landmark from water and shore. Under a multi-year lease agreement, the Oakland Strokes, a non-profit junior rowing organization for middle and high schools, will operate the main boathouse and indoor training area and provide outreach to neighborhood youths. The East Bay Regional Park District’s Recreation Department will operate the administrative building and additional storage facility. Recreation programs will also take advantage of the estuary access and Bay Trail connection at the park which includes biking, nature study, kayaking and canoeing. Most of the $4 million facility costs are being funded through a State grant acquired in 2003 and through Measure CC, a Park District parcel tax passed by voters in 2004. Call 1-888-327-2757, option 1, or visit www.ebparks.org/activities for information.