Bay Farm Island is part of Alameda but is separated from the rest of the city by the San Leandro Bay. The San Leandro Bay Bridge or Bay Farm Island Bridge connects the island to Alameda. While Bay Farm Island is not a true island but rather a peninsula, it is surrounded by water on three sides and is home to a 36-hole golf course, the Oakland Raiders headquarters, housing, and retail with some amazing parks and greenways thrown in.
You will find dog-friendly establishments in Alameda proper but not too many here. Look instead for the amazing natural spots you and your four-legged companion can explore. Depending on where you walk, you could have a sidewalk-heavy experience or natural turf. This area boasts a wonderful climate. On average, it is a dry, warm climate with temperatures rarely rising over 75 degrees. It does sport a spot of rain from time to time, but snowfall is extremely rare.
Bay Farm Island was once marshland that was transformed throughout the years to farmland and finally to the suburb community it is today. It is a relatively flat terrain that ranges from residential urban neighborhoods to the natural turf of a walking and biking loop around the peninsula. It is a dog walker's dream! The residential areas have concrete sidewalks with mature treescapes for shade. Harbor Way Parkway is a pretty major road that wraps around the area. Use caution with your dog around this road and obey pedestrian traffic laws.
Find your way to the Loop Trail and you will be treated to grass, paved walkways, and boardwalks. Be aware of your furry friend's temperament and walking experience on the variety of terrains. You are also exposed to the wind from the ocean on three sides of the peninsula, so be cautious of debris or other small objects that can irritate our pup's eyes.
Bay Farm Island hosts some amazing views of the Bay as well as some great greenways and parks. The city of Alameda does have some off-leash parks but you won’t find one here, so be sure to keep your dog on-leash and enjoy these spots!
The Loop Trail wraps around the community. Walkers and cyclists enjoy the loop with dogs on leash welcomed throughout. This is a 6-mile loop, so know your canine friend's fitness level before attempting the whole loop! The loop varies from grass to pavement to some boardwalk experiences, so you'll catch a variety of walking space here.
Leydecker Park is a green space with tennis courts and a baseball diamond plus a walking path. It is a great place to meet other dog lovers! Godfrey Park is off Beach Road and backs up to the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The park would be another great place to make friends, but the golf course is restricted to members only.