Urban outings: Bay Farm Island

This week’s  96hours section in the Chronicle features our very own Bay Farm Island.

Bay Farm Island canal walk: Don’t let the Oakland Airport scare you off — the views and bird life are fantastic.

Bay Farm Island, also called Harbor Bay, is part of the city of Alameda, once separated from it by an estuary. The estuary has been filled, and today Bay Farm Island is connected to the Oakland Airport. Before being developed, the community was mostly farmland for asparagus growers, often called Asparagus Island. Nearby oyster beds were harvested to supply San Francisco restaurants. In his youth, author Jack London gathered oysters from these beds.

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