Zimmerman's Gardens was a picnic, restaurant and recreation park in Oakland in the mid-19th century. 

Zimmerman's Gardens Tue, Aug 3, 1875 – Page 1 · Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) · Newspapers.com

From Ye Olden Oakland Days - 12/25/19211:

We will make the start at Zimmerman's Garden, which was on the north side of Second street. between Harrison and Alice. This was in the early '60s. It had a lot of willow trees, dancing platform, bowling alleys, shooting galleries, swings, wooden tables and benches, and was a very popular place. The different lodges and societies would have their annual picnics there, to which everybody went, and sure had some good times

The building was a two-story frame, with saloon and dining room. This place was known and popular for its dinners at 50 cents: and one of the star customers was the very wealthy Michael Reese, of San Francisco; and, as the saying was at the time, "It must be pretty good for Michael Reese to come over here and walk so far (from the foot of Broadway) for a dinner." Then it was a place where we boys could go on Sunday afternoon and pass away the time and were always sure to meet with the rest of our chums.

In an article about the history of parks of Oakland2:

One of the first in the 60's was Zimmerman's Gardens, on the north side of Second Street between Harrison and Alice.

A two-story frame building housed its restaurant and saloon, the former famed for its excellent fifty-cent dinners.

A listing of early parks:

Old Oakland Parks3

Early-day parks in the Oakland area were Zimmerman's Gardens, Miller's Garden, Badger Park, Blair Park, Piedmont Springs Park, San Lorenzo Grove and California Park,

Links and References

  1. Ye Olden Oakland Days Oakland Tribune, 25 Dec 1921, Sun, Page 11
  2. It Was Wonderful While it Lasted Oakland Tribune, 03 May 1952, Sat, Page 4

  3. Old Oakland Parks Oakland Tribune, 23 May 1955, Mon, Page 35