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OHLONE PARK

                                                                                                                                         

Parks: OhloneLocation  

Hearst Avenue from Milvia Street to Bonita Avenue and from Martin Luther King Jr. Way to Sacramento Street

Northwest Berkeley                                                                                                                         

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Ohlone Park is a wonderful five-block long stretch of green space. Ohlone includes many recreational activities, tot and school-age play areas, a community garden, and an off-leash dog area.

Features

• Part of the Ohlone Greenway, with connections for bicycles and pedestrians continuing for miles along the BART right-of-way to El Cerrito


• Softball field


• Soccer practice


• Multi-purpose turf


• Basketball court (1)


• Poles for lawn volleyball


• Two tot play areas: Bonita tot play area featuring tot swing, daisy spring toy, tot structure with slide and climber; McGee play area featuring tot swings, spring toys


• Two school-age play areas: McGee school-age play area featuring swings, play structure with slide, climbers; Milvia play area featuring belt swings, ribbon slide, horizontal ladder, chinning bar, spiroslide, snake climber, El slide, resilient paving for accessibility


• Picnic areas


• Enclosed off-leash dog walk area (Hearst at Grant)


• Community garden (Hearst at McGee)


• Mural of Ohlone history painted by artist Jean Lamarr on large concrete vent to the underground BART tunnels (Hearst near Milvia)

History

Ohlone Park was developed on BART- owned property along the strip of land known as Hearst Corridor after the City decided to underground the BART tracks within Berkeley. A citizen's committee formed in 1974 to study possible uses of the BART property along Hearst Avenue overwhelmingly preferred park development.

At first known as the Hearst Strip Park, residents debated other names, including “Everybody’s Park”, until consensus formed around Ohlone Park. A portion of the park, west of McGee Avenue was known as People’s Park Annex following the demolition of People’s Park on University of California land.

Preliminary plans for the park were completed and approved in November 1978, and the park was formally dedicated on June 7, 1979. Measure Y funds, from the 1974 bond to meet the recreational needs of Berkeley citizens, were used to construct the park.

The off-leash dog park (at Hearst and Grant) was established in 1979. It is one of the first dog parks in the country, and was last renovated in the mid 1990's.    

In the late 1990s, Native American artist Jean Lamarr designed and painted a mural on the large concrete vent at Milvia, depicting the history of the Ohlone people after whom the park is named.

No Restroom

No off-street parking

Acreage

9.8 acres  426,900 sq. ft.

handicap  Wheelchair Accessible

Park Hours

6 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted

For questions on park maintenance, contact:

Mobile Unit 2: Landscape Gardener Supervisor, Pam Boland, pboland@cityofberkeley.info (West Berkeley & Sports Fields / Mowing Telephone: 510-981-6637)

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