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Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department
Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department

Grove Park Update

The renovation at the Grove Park Tennis and Basketball Courts is nearing completion, when it will create a centerpiece for a neighborhood and a destination for our entire community. The re-vamped tennis and basketball courts will give players surfaces that are more fun to play on while also being more durable. New lighting will create a better environment for nighttime games and matches. A key feature of the renovations was to remove barriers and increase access for all people, regardless of ability - especially in the completely renovated bathroom, bleachers, doors and gates.

The contrast with pre-existing conditions is stark: tennis courts were cracked and lifted beyond repair. Tree roots had degraded the basketball courts.  The electrical system and metal-halide light fixtures were both inefficient and outdated.  Fencing was damaged and did not meet accessibility standards.  Restrooms were dark and not up to current building codes.  The bleachers were well-used, but at the end of their life. The city used a competitive bidding process to find a contractor to address these problems.

This project, the most significant renovation to Grove Park since the 1980's, is funded by Measure WW (EBRPD Bond) and the City of Berkeley 2014 Measure F, which increased funding for parks.

The project has been delayed by various factors, including unusually heavy winter rains, work that needed to be re-done by the contractor, unforeseen site conditions and, as a result, new design requirements.

When completed, the new improvements will include: 

  • 3 new standard-sized side-by-side tennis courts
  • 2 basketball courts, 10-foot high net
  • 1 smaller half-size court, 8-foot high hoop
  • A textured, pigmented acrylic sports coating
  • Open hardscape for creative play and use
  • New electrical infrastructure and efficient LED sports lighting
  • New furnishings and tennis and basketball equipment standards
  • Accessible bleachers
  • Brighter and accessible renovated restrooms
  • New siding, roofing, and structural upgrades to the restroom building.
  • New fencing and accessible gates
  • Improved accessibility around the site
  • Better site drainage
  • A bio-swale using plants to filter storm water and reduce pollution into the Bay.

We look forward to seeing Grove Park take on new life as people take advantage of the new features.


 

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