Summer strolling through Berkeley's "pocket garden" parks.
Just north of the University of California at Berkeley, four pocket parks string out along the gentle canyon carved by Codornices Creek. A midsummer outing to these lush, little-visited parks can be delighful--the terraced rose garden is in bloom, and the hillside views of San Francisco Bay are smashing. You can sample all four in a walk that takes you through one of Berkeley's oldest residential neighborhoods, first laid out in the 1860s. You'll also pass houses designed by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan, mostly early in this century. Hilly streets here twist and squirm like a dragon in a Chinese New Year's parade. Local seeking short-cuts have blazed some 66 footpaths between streets since the 1870s; the inclines are steep. For an easier one-way downhill trek, you could park at Live Oak Park, walk to the AC Transit bus stop at Rose Street and Shattuck Avenue, hop on a #7 or #8 bus to ride up to Glendale La Loma Park, and walk back down. There's parking in a small lot at Glendale La Loma park and on streets near the other parks. You might begin by picking up picnic supplies at shops and bakeries along Shattuck between Vine and Rose streets. Nearby is Live Oak Park on Shattuck at Berryman Street. Summer Saturdays may find drop-in musicians performing in this two-block greensward. A dozen picnic tables line the creek. The Berkeley Art Center here is open Saturdays 10 to 5, with displays and crafts. From Live Oak Park, Berryman Path meanders eastward through green arches to Spruce Street; turn left on Spruce, then right on Eunice Street for 3 blocks to Euclid Avenue and the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden. It contains some 4,000 plants, which are blooming now through mid-October. Rose bushes fill amphitheater terraces and climbers twine around a 200-foot-long redwood trellis. From the garden entry, turn right on Euclid to Rose Walk, a paved path between Euclid and Rose Street designed by Bernard Maybeck, an architect as famous for his eclectically detailed houses using natural and experimental materials as for his public buildings such as the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. continue up Rose Steps and Rose Street to La Loma Avenue and up along the brick walkway to the Quarry Road entrance to Glendale La Loma Park. This tiered park has a children's play area and rest rooms. Spectacular views are worth the calf-aching walk. You can retrace your steps to return; or at Rose Street turn right on Tamalpais Road to Codornices Steps and head down to Codornices Park, where you'll find a childre's play area and ball field.
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|Date:||Jul 1, 1984|
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