LIVE OAK PARK


LocationLive Oak Park

1301 Shattuck Avenue,  at Berryman Street between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street Northeast 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. 

Live Oak Park, the site of several community festivals, offers a range of recreational opportunities, with basketball and tennis courts, a recreation center, and tot and school-age play areas. 

Features

  • Accessible Paths through groves of magnificent oaks and other native trees

  • Codornices Creek 

  • Multi-purpose turf

  • Lighted basketball courts (2)

  • Lighted tennis courts (2)

  • Volleyball court

  • Tot play area featuring accessible tot climber; animal spring toys, and swings are not disabled-accessible.

  • School-age play area featuring accessible large climber with 12' high slide and swings.Live Oak Park

  • Picnic areas with BBQ/restored stone fireplace

  • Recreation Center

  • Art and Garden Center

  • Indoor theater

  • Site of community festivals

Rentals

Rooms in the recreation center, picnic/BBQ areas, and tennis courts are available for reservation or rental. For reservations and further information, please call the City Recreation Office at 510-981-5150 or click here.

History
The City Council authorized the purchase of the park site in 1914 for the price of $87,000, bought on installments. The park opened to the public on June 1, 1916. The City purchased additional parcels for expansion in 1923 and 1926.  (You can click the thumbnail photo to see the full size picture)

A building on the original parcel was used as a branch library; an aviary was constructed in 1918, as were tennis courts, open-air fireplaces, picnic tables, and a playground. The Live Oak Athletic Club played football, basketball, and baseball there from 1921 to 1928, and included many future champion U.C. and State players. Tennis great Helen Wills Moody, who lived near the park, practiced on its tennis courts.

The recreation center building was dedicated at ceremonies held on March 4, 1956, and the Art and Garden Center, located on 1.15 acres of land across from the park, was donated by the Berkeley Rotary Club and dedicated on May 7, 1967.

Volunteers organized by Friends of Live Oak Park have been instrumental in recent improvements, including the renovation of the beautiful stone fireplace.

Restroom Available

No Off-Street Parking

Acreage
5.52 acres              240,450 sq. ft.

Accessibility
Play areas are accessible.  

Park Hours
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

For questions on park maintenance, contact: 

Mobile Unit 1: Supervisor, Sam, Wiley, Jr., SWiley@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Senior Landscape Gardener, Pam Boland, PBoland@ci.berkeley.ca.us  

or, you may contact Mobile Unit 1 by phone at (510) 981-6637.  

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