Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips
4 min readApr 11, 2021

Brooklyn Basin in Oakland: Waterfront Bike & Skating (+ Rocky’s & Nido’s Backyard for food+drinks)

Brooklyn Basin is a fun place for anyone of any age to spend a day. It’s got plenty of “beautiful view” space to walk, sit, read, roller-skate and bike or scoot. And it’s got yummy food and clean bathrooms.

Address: 288 9th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606.

Roller skaters often hang out in this one pocket:

Beginner roller skaters in Brooklyn Basin, Oakland

Here’s a view from the far end of Brooklyn Basin looking East. The Brooklyn Basin building is off in the distance and Coast Guard Island is on the right. New condos are going in on the left.

This view from the far end of Broolyn Basin is a nice grassy hill area we sat in for a picnic

And here’s a view looking West:

A great area for kids to bike, scoot and skateboard (it’s bigger than a footbool field!)
Brooklyn Basin’s got beautiful views of the Bay (including Coast Guard Island)

Eat and Drink at Rocky’s

The only place open for food/drink right now is Rocky’s Market. Good thing it’s yummy!

Rocky’s has a kitchen serving food and espresso drinks as well as a regular grocery area
Great wine and bear selection to take to-go for an outdoor picnic!

There’s a nice outdoor area with picnic tables to eat at (or you could go to the numerous benches or lawn outside the Rocky’s dining area.

This is the outdoor seating area of Rocky’s Market (order food inside and eat out here or on tons of other benches further out towards the water)

The Future Vision of Brooklyn Basin

Brooklyn Basin is an ongoing project. Check out

NIDO’s Backyard

If you want to do an extra set of cocktails or lunch or dinner then NiDO’s Backyard is a great place to go (thx, Heidi!).

The space consists of old shipping containers:

They’re all sorts of different pockets of this bar and restaurant:

And tons of colorful people:

And yummy food and drinks:

Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips

Hi! I’m Maverick. My mommy, daddy & me are on a mission to take 52 day trips around the San Francisco Bay Area! Thx for joining in the fun!