Glen Echo Creek (aka Cemetery Creek) is the main tributary into Lake Merritt’s western finger. Above Mountain View Cemetery the creek runs underground through Blair Park. Upon entering Mountain View Cemetery, “the creek emerges from the western boundary of Coaches’ Field” in a wetlands area. Flowing downstream, the creek passes through three reservoirs in Mountain View Cemetery, each of which has “an earthen dam on [its] western boundary.” 1
Further downstream, the creek becomes Glen Echo Creek which, though mostly undergrounded today, can still be seen between Linda Avenue and Monte Vista Avenue, and later near Moss Way. Continuing underground, the creek resurfaces west of MacArthur Boulevard in Oak Glen Park. Submerging once more, the creek reemerges by the Veterans’ Memorial Building, at Harrison Street and Grand Avenue, then empties into Lake Merritt.
There are two branches of the creek, Cemetery Creek running through Blair Park and the cemetery, and the Rockridge branch, which runs past the Claremont Country Club and feeds into the former Bilger Quarry. The branches join just south of Oak Glen Park.
At one time, the creek delineated Oakland’s city limits (to the west = Oakland, to the east = wilderness!).
- beside the Veteran’s Memorial Building
- following Richmond Blvd, especially near/under 580
Collected and Still:
- filling the former quarry at Rockridge
- the reservoirs inside Mountain View Cemetery
Links and References
- Glen Echo Creek’s Parks: The Water Runs Through Them by Erika Mailman Oakland Magazine
- Glen Echo Creek Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League