Friday, January 19 @ 10 a.m.
Leader: Jacque Ensign
Start: Peet's Coffee on Fourth Street
On this two-mile flat stroll, Jacque will highlight some of West Berkeley’s past and the dramatic changes the neighborhood has undergone in recent decades. After a brief introduction, she’ll highlight some of the new buildings on Fourth Street, including the Apple Store, and then move on to one of the oldest, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, founded in 1890. She will discuss the concerns over the plans to develop the restaurant’s parking lot, among them whether the site was Ohlone burial ground. From there, we’ll head to the AmTrak Station, pausing along the way to see the murals commemorating the Ohlone’s history in the area and local wildlife. Before returning to Peet’s, we’ll visit the new animal shelter at the south end of Aquatic Park, a LEED certified building completed in 2012.