Conference Venue

Venue – Location and Floor Plans

This year we are returning to the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, where we hosted the  2007 State of the Estuary Conference. The Scottish Rite Center, built in 1927, is a stunning  building on the shore of beautiful Lake Merritt.

Access the Google Map for driving and public transportation directions.

Floor Plans: 

1st Floor

3rd Floor 

4th Floor

Parking & Public Transportation

The Scottish Rite Center is located along the shores of Lake Merritt, where parking is limited. We encourage you to use public transportation where possible. The Lake Merritt BART Station is a 10 minute walk to the venue, and the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station is a 15 minute walk. A Ford GoBike station is also located a few steps away for anyone that uses this service. ADA parking is available behind the venue with a valid placard, although space is limited.

Parking lots in the area include:

  • Alcopark Parking Garage at 165 – 13th St (large circular building). Keep in mind this closes at 7 pm, so if you’re attending the evening poster session reception, please be sure to move your car before this, otherwise your car will be locked in. Five minute walk to the venue.
  • Lot at 1309 Madison, 24 hr, pay by phone only (download their app). Five minute walk to the venue. 
  • LAZ Parking at 1432 Harrison or 1331 Harrison. Ten minute walk to the venue.
  • Douglas Parking at 1721 Webster – again, 7 pm close time. Ten minute walk to the venue. 

Hotels

The venue is not affiliated with a hotel, and thus we are not able to book a room block. Please contact hotels in the area on your own for accommodations. Those located near downtown Oakland or in Jack London Square will be just a short ride or healthy walk to the site.

Meals

Conference registration includes a light coffee and pastries both mornings as well as lunch both days. The reception the first evening will offer appetizers and drinks. If you’re staying overnight and would like meal options in the area, the Uptown, Grand Lake and Lakeshore areas surrounding Lake Merritt offer many dining options relatively close by.

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