Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Deborah Chernin, (510) 981-6715

M. L. KING JR. CIVIC CENTER PARK RENOVATIONS COMPLETED
The park is now equipped to serve its active community and its community activists for years to come

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 17, 2007) - The park that has been at the heart of Berkeley's history and politics since 1942 is ready to show off its new look at a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, May 23.

The public is invited to get reunited with one of Berkeley's most valued parks at a ceremony that will include Mayor Tom Bates, City Council members, Parks and Recreation Commission members, Landmarks Preservation Commission members, community members and the Berkeley High School Music Department.

What:  M. L. King, Jr. Civic Center Park Ribbon-cutting event

When:  Wednesday, May 23, 2007
              Noon to 1:30 p.m..

Where: The flagpole at the west end of Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, on MLK between Center and Allston

The improvements to the park include:

A promenade with seat walls and space for stage set-ups and public gatherings;
The flagpole has been relocated along the park's central axis;
A new playground provides interactive and interpretive play opportunities for children;
New ramps at the East Terrace provide safe and direct access into the fountain area; and
New park lighting brightens the park at night.

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