BERKELEY PATH & PARK STORIES
WHO NEEDS A STAIR CLIMBER?
As my husband Tom and I planned our move from New Jersey to Berkeley in 2003, I declared that my days as a van-driving soccer mom were over. Vowing to get out from behind the wheel, I told our real estate agent that we would consider only houses within walking distance of BART, a grocery store, a dry cleaners, shops, and at least two places with really good coffee.
Garber Park: A Natural Treasure Restored
On the south slope of Claremont Canyon above the Claremont Hotel, lies one of the best-kept secrets in the Berkeley-Oakland Hills: Garber Park. This 13-acre City of Oakland wildland park has significant stands of big leaf maple, California buckeyes, regenerating coast live oak, and the typical understory found in woodland forests.
TAKE A WALK ON OUR FAVORITE PATHS
“To the harried urban resident, the pathways offer leafy garden corridors of quiet, removed from the world of noise beyond … day after day, as informal extensions of Berkeley’s parks, the pathways give us more ways to enjoy nature.” Paul Grunland
These words, written by one of our original BPWA board members,have appeared on all seven editions of our map and are truer than ever.
We hope they’ll inspire you to take a path walk.
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.
Our Handrail Corridor Is Finally Finished!
We are pleased to announce the official opening of our handrail corridor: almost a mile of nearly continuous paths, between Euclid Avenue and Grizzly Peak Boulevard, all with handrails. BPWA has been working for several years to raise the money for this project, which involved installing metal handrails on three of the timber-step paths that our volunteers have built. Together these new handrails cost more than $34,000.
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