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ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND                         /uploadedImages/Parks_Rec_Waterfront/Level_3__-General/ap09cover.gif 


160 University Avenue, Berkeley Marina - Marina/Southwest Berkeley

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Adventure Playground is an outdoor facility at the Berkeley Marina featuring unique play experiences and staff who encourage children to play and build creatively using simple tools. Parents required to help with supervision.

 Check Adventure Playground Home Page for frequently updated information about playground happenings


  • School-age play area featuring unique low-risk “build your own playground” activities, including hammering, sawing, and painting. Creative materials available for imaginative play

  • Climbing, sliding and jumping on kid-designed and built forts, boats, and ropes

  • Designed for children seven years and older; younger children are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult

  • Zip line offering exciting ride through the air for 6 years and up
  • Picnic area outside in shorebird Park

  • located next to restrooms, the  shorebird park education classroom and the Strawbale visitors center in  Shorebird Park.

    Click the thumbnail photo to see the full size pictureAdventure Park - Zipline

Park Hours & Fee 

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Open 9-5pm Mon- Fri. from Mid June- Mid August for summer.
Closed weekdays from mid August to mid June and when raining.

Free to the general public. Groups of 5 or more must reserve in advance and pay a fee.

Children 7 years and older can be dropped off for up to three hours in the playground. Fill out a registration form and Pay $10.00 in the Nature center. Nature center closed on Sunday and Monday. Playment tickets available which allows you to prepay for those days the center is closed.


The concept for Adventure Playground originated in Europe after World War II. A playground designer studied children playing in the at-the-time “normal” asphalt and cement playgrounds. He discovered that the children actually preferred playing in the dirt and lumber of the post-war rubble. He realized that children had the most fun designing and building their own equipment and manipulating their environment. Following this concept, Berkeley’s Adventure Playground was opened in 1978.

Restroom Available outside in Shorebird Park

 Parking Available

Acreage  1 acre                    43,560 sq. ft.


handicapSite is flat, and people in wheelchairs have been able to access the site and participate in various experiences at ground level (some challenges in sandier parts of site).New building table for wheelchair access.

For questions on park reservations, contact:

Adventure playground:

Marina Experience and adventure playground Programs Tel: 510-981-6720

 For questions on park maintenance, please go to the Parks Maintenance page   

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