All Oaklanders love Lake Merritt--The Jewel of Oakland. Located just east of downtown, it is a large tidal pool (155 acres) that flows from the estuary. The lake is situated in an area populated with apartment buildings, private homes, government buildings, and retail businesses. The lake draws large numbers of people every day who walk, run, bike, sail, and row. A weekly Farmer's Market is nearby and we even have a gondola for hire! My favorite feature is the Necklace of Lights that circles the lake. Inaugurated in 1925, the lights were turned off during WWII. The necklace began to glow again in 1985.