César Chávez Park

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César Chávez Park
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Cesar Chavez Park
Type Urban park
Location Berkeley, California
Coordinates 37°52′21″N122°19′10″W / 37.87241°N 122.31942°W / 37.87241; -122.31942
Area90 acres (36.42 ha)
Created1997
Operated byCity of Berkeley, California
Open6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
StatusOpen year round
The park provides a westward view onto Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Berkeley - Marina - Cesar Chavez Park - Bay view 02.jpg
The park provides a westward view onto Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
The grassy hills of Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley - Marina - Cesar Chavez Park 06.jpg
The grassy hills of César Chávez Park.

César Chávez Park is a 90 acres (36 ha) city park of Berkeley, California named after César Chávez. [1] 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.

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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. [2] Paved paths run the perimeter and throughout the park where picnic tables and barbecue grills are available to the public.

Features

History

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View from hillside into San Francisco Bay

The 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. [1]

Activities

Popular activities include model rocket launching, kite flying, drone and model airplane flying, picnicking, dog walking, jogging and walking. Although on a peninsula, the park has no access to the water because there are no beaches nor steps down through the park's reinforced shoreline. [1]

Events

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Revellers watching the Summer Solstice sunset

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References

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  3. Theresa Clift (2019-02-04). "'Civic responsibility' or crime magnet? Historic Sacramento park likely to get public bathroom". Sacramento Bee . Retrieved 2019-02-05. The City Council will soon consider whether to approve the design and construction of a restroom in the park for $360,000. The “Portland Loo” style freestanding restroom would not just serve the homeless who congregate there but also the general public, said Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents downtown.
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Coordinates: 37°52′21″N122°19′10″W / 37.87241°N 122.31942°W / 37.87241; -122.31942