Linda Park Linda Ave & Lake Ave, Piedmont, CA94611 Linda Park provides a grassy section and a large dog run featuring a dog-level water fountain and dog bowls. Doggie…More clean-up bag dispensers are also conveniently located throughout the park. Visitors are asked to make sure their pets' vaccinations and licenses are up to date. Each handler may only be accompanied by three dogs at once.
Blair Park Moraga Ave & Maxwelton Rd, Piedmont, CA94611
Though some in town have grander dreams for the future of this park, for now it's a sparse, unlandscaped area…More primarily used by dog owners.</p>
<p>Dogs can run around off leash, so long as they are properly licensed, vaccinated, and within their handler's voice control. Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.</p>
<p>The park is equipped with a scoop dispenser and a trash barrel to make it easy for you to clean up after your pup, which is, of course, required.</p>
Crocker Park's shaded lawn and pathways lined with rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias and stone benches offer a…More place for outdoor reading or quiet contemplation. The park is also a lovely detour on your neighborhood dog walk, though you have to keep your pets on a leash.</p>
<p>Beneath the Canary Island pines, a granite sculpture by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Bufano">Beniamino Bufano</a> of a bear nursing her two cubs is the centerpiece of the park.</p>
<p>There's also a conveniently located U.S. Postal Service collection box just outside the park on Crocker Avenue.</p>
Dracena Quarry Park Artuna Ave & Ricardo Ave, Piedmont, CA94611 Dracena Quarry Park's playground is geared toward 2 to 5 year olds; the swings, slides, monkey bars, sand pit, and…More climbing wall are very popular with Piedmont's youngsters. The paved path that loops around the great lawn beyond the playground is ideal for bicyclists-in-training. In addition to being used by parents to tire out toddlers by letting them run free, the grass expanse is also a great spot for family picnics. Though furry family members must be leashed around the playground and lawn, there is an off-leash dog run hidden under a canopy of trees and dotted with benches and picnic tables that can be accessed through the Dracena Avenue entrance.
Located in the city center, Piedmont Park is arguably also the center of the city's universe. The vast sloping lawn…More that stretches between the Exedra Plaza and the Community Hall hosts the annual Harvest Festival, Fourth of July concert and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, as well as summer movies and impromptu Frisbee games. There's a "tot lot" with a jungle gym and swings fit for preschoolers just steps off of Highland Avenue. A steep path that winds for about a third of a mile along Bushy Dell Creek behind the Community Hall is enjoyed by dog walkers (who can let their pets go leash-free in this section of the park), joggers and ambitious bicyclists alike. There is a small outdoor amphitheater, and a traditional Japanese Tea House offers shady space for contemplation.</p>
<p>Tennis fans will find two of Piedmont's well-used courts on the south side of the park near Guildford Road.</p>
<p>On any given weekend you're likely to catch a wedding taking place on the Exedra plaza or at the Community hall, both of which are venues that can be rented for events through the Recreation Department.</p>
Piedmont Police Department 403 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA94611 The Piedmont Police Department's 20-officer force includes a canine unit and bicycle patrol and is supported by three…More reserve officers. A handful of dedicated volunteers also help out in the evidence room and conduct home checks, among other tasks. Parking enforcement and animal services (shared with Emeryville) also fall under the department's purview. City residents can go here to appeal a parking ticket, retrieve a towed vehicle, or get dog licenses and off-leash permits. Piedmont's emergency dispatch center, which fields calls for local fire and paramedic services as well as police, is housed at the department.
Chao Thai is a restaurant you could easily pass by without notice because of its unorthodox, but lovely, location.…More The restaurant sits at the end of a nondescript alley, with the most prominent item marking the restaurant being a freestanding sign that shows the restaurant's specials. What awaits someone who adventures down the alley is a charming and quaint restaurant with a tastefully decorated interior. There is also an outdoor seating area that is perfect for those with dogs.</p>
Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, CA94610 The Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library was founded in the 1920's on Grand Ave., and it moved to its location…More on El Embarcadero in 1949. This is a small library with a lot of activity. There are several programs and classes on a regular basis, such as a chess tournament, monthly art exhibits, weekly story time for children, knitting classes, book clubs and more. The library offers a Paws to Read program, where children read out loud to trained, therapeutic dogs. There is a parking lot in the back that requires a free permit issued by the library to card holders only. The library also offers free Wi-Fi.