Historic Fence Restored

Ekene Ikeme--The fence in front of Lincoln Park was restored for the third time since 2019.

Historic Fence Restored

The historical fence at Lincoln Park has been restored and replaced after the most recent car crash that took out several sections. The city is now working to replace the water-filled barricades in front of the fence with permanent decorative barricades similar to those planned for the outdoor dining areas on commercial streets.

The gate and the concrete retaining wall in front of it was damaged when a driver of an SUV crashed into it on Nov. 20, 2021.

It was the third time that portion of the gate was damaged in a span of two-plus years. On July 17, 2019, an alleged drunk driver attempting to turn from Santa Clara Avenue onto High Street crashed into the gate (“Lincoln Park Fence Damaged in Crash,” July 30, 2019). On Feb. 22, 2021, a pickup truck drove into the fence (“Historic Fence on High Street Takes Another Hit,” Feb. 25).

According to Alameda historian George Gunn, Oakland blacksmiths Leo Frauendorfer and William Morck designed, built and erected the fence for Robert R. Thompson’s home in 1879. Lincoln Park is located at 1450 High St.

Courtesy photo-- Last November, a person behind the wheel of this SUV drove his vehicle into the historical fence at High Street and Santa Clara Avenue.