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Oakland celebrates return of Lake Merritt Monster

A 1950s play structure at Lakeside Park in Oakland that entertained and delighted children for decades has been renovated and will be the focus of a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28.

The Lake Merritt Monster, also known as the Mid-Century Monster, is a free-form creation designed by sculptor and jewelry maker Robert Winston.

It was originally dedicated near the Lake Merritt Bandstand in 1952.

The green structure had heavy use over the years and in 2015 it was fenced off amid fears it would be removed altogether, according to the online OaklandWiki at

Instead, it has been repaired and the celebration will be held at the structure and nearby bandstand off Bellevue Avenue near Children’s Fairyland in Lakeside Park.

Playtime to get acquainted or reacquainted with the monster is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet the team behind the restoration at the bandstand from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., then enjoy the Municipal Band concert from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Lake Merritt Monster, or Mid-Century Monster, 1950s play structure has been renovated and will be officially open for children to play on at Lakeside Park in Oakland, Calif. following a rededication celebration July 28, 2019.
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