Directions & Parking Information
From Highway 880
Exit onto Oak Street. Remain on Oak which becomes Lakeside Drive at 14th Street. The Center is on the left, a long block after 14th. To get to the parking lot, proceed past the Center while staying in the left lane. As you pass the Essex Apartments, staying in the left lane will put you on Madison St. The parking lot is the second address in the next block. There is a large sign on the back of the building. Make a left turn into the first gate.
From Highway 580
Exit onto Harrison Street, and drive toward downtown Oakland on Harrison. Cross Grand Ave. staying in the left hand lane to bear right on 20th, then turn left on Harrison. Drive two blocks south on Harrison then turn left on 17th St. Drive 3 blocks, then turn right on Madison. Watch for the parking lot on the left in the next block. There is a big sign on the back of the Scottish Rite Center. Turn left into the parking lot at the first gate.
Parking in the Center's lot is limited, so please allow additional time. Use of public transportation, a ride service, or carpooling is encouraged. The website http://www.511.org is useful for planning a trip by BART and/or bus. Several bus lines stop nearby.
There is a small free parking lot behind the Scottish Rite Center with three handicap spots; this Google map indicates the locations of additional parking lots in the vicinity. The hourly rates in these lots range from free (Oakland Auditorium + off 10th St) to $2.50 (Oakland Museum + from Oak St. at 11th St.) to $8.00 (Kaiser Center) an hour. Some on-street parking may be available.