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Re: Where's a good place to watch trains go by?
Dreamland, the Robert Leathers playground at Aquatic Park in W
Berkeley is a fabulous park which includes a toddler area. It is
sandwiched between the train tracks & the water. Go west on
Bancroft (a few blocks south of University Ave), past San Pablo,
across the train tracks & turn right. It's about a block down,
where the road ends in a parking area.
Go to Aquatic Park in Berkeley (near the freeway/water) for a great view of
trains all afternoon long. We just went there for the first time with my
partner's daughter who is nuts about trains and she loved it. It 's a
fabulous playground and the tracks are only a short distance from the
structures (it's a little loud when they go by..). She met her train quota
for the month that one afternoon.
During his train phase, my son loved the playground at Aquatic park - I
think it's called Dreamland. It's just west of the train tracks. The
trains go by right behind the swings, and are visible from anywhere on
the playground. To get there, take Bancroft 'til it ends and then go
left until that street ends.
My son is also train obsessed. Two good spots are the
great park along the estuary near University Avenue.
Take 4th Street to Bancroft and go west, then turn left
for about 1/8 of a mile. There is a wonderful new park
with lots of great play structures. The train usually
comes by 4 or 5 times while there.
Trainwatching is especially good at the kid's playground toward the south
end of the Aquatic Park. From University Avenue, go south on 6th, then go
west (towards the bay) on Bancroft. You'll cross the railroad tracks, and
then after a block Bancroft ends at the Aquatic Park. Take a left on
Bolivar and go a block or so to the end of it. You'll see a parking area
and a big, new playground. It has both a toddler area and a bigger kids
area. The train tracks run just to the east of it, separated from the play
area by a fence. You can hear the trains coming, and then they go right by
the playground -- very exciting
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