Aug 02, 2020
5 perfect Bay Area picnic spots and where to pick up food
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You’ve packed your al fresco favorites, grabbed extra blankets and lots of hand sanitizer. Now all you need is the perfect spot for that socially-distanced summer picnic. Here are five great neighborhood parks, along with a nearby deli or restaurant to grab extra provisions:Civic Park, Walnut Creek
This 10-acre downtown park — home of the Walnut Creek library — is no secret, but the fact that it is almost completely shaded makes it the ultimate respite on those 90-plus degree days.Spread out on the grass or head to the unofficial dog park on the other side. Open until 10 p.m. at 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
Provisions: For piled-high sandwiches, like Smoked the Bird ($7.50) — smoked turkey stacked on a baguette with brie and hot mustard — head to Morucci’s Si Mangia Bene, a hidden gem at 1218 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek.Lafayette Plaza Park, Lafayette
Just down 680 in Lafayette, there’s a lovely tiny park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road, right in front of the rustic-casual eatery, Sideboard Cafe.
Provisions: Claim your spot on the grass, then go inside and order, say, a half bucket of Mary’s Fried Chicken ($18) and a Caprese Salad ($12.75). They’ll bring it out to you in to-go containers. Did we mention they do wine and cocktails, too? And shaved ice on Saturdays through August? Open until 7 p.m. at 3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette; www.sideboard.coAlum Rock Park, San Jose
Make a day of your picnic at this 720-acre park nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range. Great for hiking and biking, with plenty of picnic lawn areas. Open until 8 p.m. at 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose.
Provisions: Less than two miles away is Antipasto’s by DeRose, a homey Italian spot with hot food and endless delicatessen options. Go for the Old World-style ravioli — and expect a wait. Open until 6 or 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 3454 McKee Road, San Jose; www.antipastosdeli.comVolunteers tend to the roses as visitors enjoy the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Morcom Rose Garden, Oakland
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood on the border of Piedmont, this eight-acre municipal rose garden is filled with more than 6,000 rose bushes in bloom from May to October. Take a seat on a bench or steps and enjoy the reflection pool and flowing fountain with a nosh in your lap. Located at 700 Jean St., Oakland.
Provisions: Want mezze? Less than a mile away, you’ll find everything from silky hummus ($5) to fabulous salads — Grilled Zucchini and Beluga Lentil, Beet Ras El Hanout and Red Cabbage and Dried Fig, all $5.50 each — at Pomella, which is open until 8 p.m. at 3770 Piedmont Ave. Unit B, Oakland; www.pomellaoakland.comRengstorff Park, Mountain View
The perimeter of this dog-friendly park is lined with tall oak trees that provide good shady respite from the large, wide-open grass lawn (that’s where you might spot the Peninsula Bubble Soccer team rolling around). Plenty of benches nearby, too. 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Related Articles
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Provisions: Head two miles down El Camino Real to Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus for authentic German and Hungarian salami, bologna and every wurst imaginable. The sandwich bar is currently closed, but you can pick up Acme, rye and other breads to build your own. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 4540 El Camino Real, Los Altos; www.dittmers.comFor more food and drink coverage
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Parachutist Hurt When He Hits Downtown Cleveland Building
CLEVELAND (AP) — A parachutist crashed into the side of an apartment building in downtown Cleveland and ended up injured and suspended about 40 feet in the air until he was rescued by firefighters, authorities said.
The 35-year-old man told police he and four friends jumped from a plane about 2 a.m. Sunday, although authorities are investigating where the group took off from.
The four other parachutists landed safely in a park, but the 35-year-old man’s parachute drifted until it became entangled on top of a parking garage when he hit the apartment building, which is across the street from the park. He was stranded there until Cleveland firefighters rescued him, authorities said.
The man suffered a broken ankle and was treated at a hospital. His name has not been released.
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