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Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley

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#8 of 15 in Parks in Berkeley
César Chávez Park is a city park of Berkeley, California named after César Chávez. It can be found on the peninsula on the north side of the Berkeley Marina in the San Francisco Bay and is adjacent to Eastshore State Park.The park's east position in San Francisco Bay provides panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and the east bay hills. The park's terrain is characterized by very open grassy hills that have become popular for kite flying. Paved paths run the perimeter and throughout the park where picnic tables and barbecue grills are available to the public.Features Grassy areas for kite flying, "Frisbee" playing, etc. (no officially designated sports fields). Hiking on trails throughout the park; the 1.25mi Dorothy Stegmann trail around the park’s perimeter is fully wheelchair accessible. Off-leash dog area (17 acre). Picnic tables with BBQ grills (several arranged for large groups). Solar Calendar. Wildlife sanctuary.HistoryThe park began as a landfill dating back to 1957, when dikes were constructed for the purpose of containing municipal waste. In 1969, the city adopted the Marina Master Plan, which set aside the landfill area for unstructured recreation. In 1991 the city completely sealed the landfill and the park opened soon thereafter, originally as North Waterfront Park. In 1996, the city renamed the park after César E. Chávez, union leader and founder of the United Farm Workers of America.
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  • Excellent peaceful location to walk, picnic, ride a bike, fly a kite or just chill out with the beautiful nature and scenery.  more »
  • I also wrote a review for the Berkeley Marina which is adjacent and in which I included a review of this park. Not to be missed. Really lovely place for a relaxed walk and visit.  more »
  • We came here so many times with our golden retriever - there is a large off-leash dog park, where we could throw a frisbee as far as we could without worrying about leaving the off-leash area. All of ...  more »
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  • Love this place. Great views of the whole bay. There is sometimes a mobile kite vendor. This park has great walking paths for all ages. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park as well as sitting benches. Plenty of space for dogs to run around. Lastly, parking is easy to find.
  • Love this place. The kids have so much fun running up and down hills. The dogs love it also. As long as you pick up the 💩.. flying kites, and other things. Nice place to get a peace of mind!
  • great wow views of the bay, nice walking trails over rolling grassy hills and paved pathways around the point. kites, kids dogs and picnics + area to run dogs off leash. a happy place.
  • Brought our dog here over the weekend and had a fantastic time. One of the best dog parks I've been to.
  • Best place to fly kites, even when wind speed is neglible on the ground. On an actually windy day kites need extra stabilization (tie tails together if separate). On a calm day the air from the Bay and the hills create enough current to lift a kite and a kid's dreams. There are usable but not pleasant portapotties on the edge of the park. Paved trails on the flats for wheelchairs, but the dirt and grass hills are good for kiting. Lots of dogs being walked. Many dry grasses that weave into socks and animal fur. Signs along the road warning about removing valuables and locking vehicles, along with remnants of broken auto glass from past break ins. None of this is unusual. Just picture this as not well groomed, with few facilities and lots of wind. Perfect!
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