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. Parking inside Lakeside Park on Bellevue Avenue is $2.00 for two hours (or $10 for all day parking) during weekdays and $5 all day parking on the weekend and holidays. The parking operating hours are from 7:30am until dusk. 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.

Unique Amenities

Golden State Bonsai Garden Herb & Flower Gardens Japanese Garden with Koi Pond Upright Piano

Room Capacities

Ebell Room | Vista Room | Garden Room

175 Theatre | 225 Theatre | 75 Theatre

250 Standing | 300 Standing | 100 Standing

125 Banquet | 150 Banquet | 50 Banquet

Additional Rental Spaces

  • Small Kitchen
  • Large Kitchen
  • Japanese Garden

Parking inside Lakeside Park on Bellevue Avenue (operating hours 7:30am until dusk):

  • $3.00 every two hours
  • $12.00 all day parking during weekdays
  • $5.00 Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • $15.00 for Buses daily.
  • $10.00 Special Event parking after 5pm.

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