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Parks Division
Parks Division

WILLARD PARK

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LocationWillard Park
2730 Hillegass Avenue,  at Derby Street - Southeast Berkeley
, Mobile Unit 3 

Getting There

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Willard Park is the main neighborhood park in Southeast Berkeley and includes a large grassy area in addition to a clubhouse and tot lot developed in partnership with the community.

 Features

  • Multi-purpose turf Willard Park 

  • Lighted tennis courts (2); practice wall available

  • Tot play area featuring wood play structure with swings, slide, climbers, and stage, fully enclosed in sand-filled play area with accessible rubberized surfacing

  • Picnic area

  • Clubhouse used for after-school recreation programs

  • Paths built from historic cobbles

 

History
In 1957 and 1964 the City purchased parcels to create the park, and in 1968 funds were allocated from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) monies to purchase the remaining property of the current park site. Plans for a user-developed park with joint use between the City and Willard School were approved in April 1969. The land was cleared of buildings in the summer of 1969, and an interim park was developed in the fall.

In August 1970, the Willard Park Citizens Committee approved final drawings for Phase II of the park development. The park was officially dedicated on June 20, 1971. During the years of the Vietnam War, it was called Ho Chi Minh Park by community activists.

In 1976, funds from Measure Y, the bond measure passed in 1974 to increase recreational opportunities for Berkeley’s citizens, were allocated for renovation of the tot area, and on May 8, 1982, ceremonies were held to name the park after Frances Willard, a suffragette, educator, and temperance leader.

In the mid-1990s, Friends of Willard Park, an active community adopt-a-park group, spearheaded several improvements in the park, including the renovation and redesign of the tot play area. The Friends of Willard Park remain active in the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the park.

Restroom Available

No Off-Street Parking

Acreage
2.72 acres                  118,500 sq. ft.

Accessibility

handicap   Generally wheelchair accessible, but the pathway from entrance at Derby Street undulates around drain inlets.

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

For questions on park maintenance, please go to the Parks Maintenance page https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Parks_Rec_Waterfront/Trees_Parks/Park_Maintenance.aspx  

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