BERKELEY PATH STORIES
Berkeley Path Wanderers Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to increasing public appreciation of Berkeley’s pathways. BPWA is managed by a group of local people who meet regularly to discuss the organization’s program of events, its budget and its work on mapping the paths, path construction and improvement.
Newly Renamed Path Memorializes California's First Poet Laureate and Librarian: Ina Coolbrith
Last year, we renamed Bret Harte Lane to memorialize California’s first poet Laureate, Ina Coolbrith. In June, the Berkeley Historical Plaque Project installed a plaque at the bottom of the path to highlight Coolbrith’s contributions to the Bay Area's thriving literary scene in the late 19th Century. (Aleta will lead a walk focusing on Ina Coolbrith and her male literary contemporaries on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.)
New Handrails on Upper Covert Path Mark the Start of Long-Awaited Handrail Corridor
More than 300’ of new handrails now make it easier to use Upper Covert Path, which connects Cragmont and Keeler Avenues. The handrails on this long, steep path are the first step in what BPWA hopes will one day become an official handrail corridor. Intended as a route for people who need a little extra help to enjoy some of hills and views in North Berkeley, the designated corridor will provide a safe, scenic way to go from Euclid Avenue to Grizzly Peak Blvd. — or the reverse. It will include two older concrete stairways, which always have had handrails; three newer wood-tie paths that BPWA volunteers have built, two of which still need handrails; and some gentle streets in between those paths.
Our Newest Path Will Honor John Muir
Our newest path will also have a new name. Completed this fall, Keeler Walk (#32 on our map) soon will be christened John Muir Path. It is the 34th path that BPWA volunteers have built with wood timbers and connects Grizzly Peak Blvd. and Creston Rd., midway between the end of Euclid and Marin Aves. Read more about John Muir path and the dedication on Sat. February 25th