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ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND                         /uploadedImages/Parks_Rec_Waterfront/Level_3__-General/ap09cover.gif 


160 University Avenue, Berkeley Marina - Marina/Southwest Berkeley

Getting There

Map of Parks; or check the link on The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: Parks in Berkeley Website for the park location on a Google map. 

Adventure Playground is an outdoor facility at the Berkeley Marina featuring unique play experiences and staff who encourage children to play and build creatively using simple tools. Parents required to help with supervision.

 Check Adventure Playground Home Page for frequently updated information about playground happenings


  • School-age play area featuring unique low-risk “build your own playground” activities, including hammering, sawing, and painting. Creative materials available for imaginative play

  • Climbing, sliding and jumping on kid-designed and built forts, boats, and ropes

  • Designed for children seven years and older; younger children are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult

  • Zip line offering exciting ride through the air for 6 years and up
  • Picnic area outside in shorebird Park

  • located next to restrooms, the classroom and the Strawbale visitors center in  Shorebird Park.

    Click the thumbnail photo to see the full size pictureAdventure Park - Zipline

Park Hours & Fee 

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 19- Jan. 2, 2012 and when raining.

Free to the general public. Groups of 5 or more must reserve in advance and pay a fee.


The concept for Adventure Playground originated in Europe after World War II. A playground designer studied children playing in the at-the-time “normal” asphalt and cement playgrounds. He discovered that the children actually preferred playing in the dirt and lumber of the post-war rubble. He realized that children had the most fun designing and building their own equipment and manipulating their environment. Following this concept, Berkeley’s Adventure Playground was opened in 1978.

Restroom Available outside in Shorebird Park

 Parking Available

Acreage  1 acre                    43,560 sq. ft.


handicapSite is flat, and people in wheelchairs have been able to access the site and participate in various experiences at ground level (some challenges in sandier parts of site).New building table for wheelchair access.

For questions on park maintenance, contact:

Marina Experience Programs:

Marina Experience Programs Tel: 510-981-6720

For questions on park maintenance, contact:

     Marina Unit: Alonzo Chess Jr. ( Marina Tel: 510-981-6731)


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