For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

THE LEGACY OF BERKELEY PARKS: A CENTURY OF PLANNING AND MAKING

Berkeley, California (Friday, March 21, 2008) - "The Legacy of Berkeley Parks: A Century of Planning and Making," an exhibition by Marcia McNally, Sadie Graham, and Louise Mozingo will open at the Addison Street Windows Gallery on Sunday, April 6. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of Berkeley's park system in 2007. This exhibition is free, open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible. It will be on display from April 6, 2008 - May 17.

Sponsored by the Beatrix Jones Farrand Fund of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP), the exhibit presents the history of Berkeley's park system, the people and plans that shaped it, and envisions a vital future for the next century. It highlights the active role that citizens have played since the appointment of the Playground Commission in 1909 and the citizen advocacy that shaped the parks and open spaces of Berkeley in the last thirty years. In seven panels it reviews the origins and continuous use of Berkeley's impressive collection of parks that ranged from the standard (neighborhood parks with playfields), idiosyncratic (the rock parks of the Berkeley hills) and cutting edge (day-lighting creeks in parks). 

The exhibit also includes a collection of imaginary "parks in a bottle" made by students in LAEP professor Chip Sullivan's class on creative expression in landscape design.

In conjunction with the Windows Gallery show, a public event will be held in the Civic Center Park on Saturday May 3 from 10 am - 4 pm.  A series of speakers will present their ideas on the future for Berkeley's parks.  A variety of organizations concerned with the parks have been invited to participate and exhibit their own activities.

After showing in the Windows Gallery, the exhibit will move to the Central Berkeley Public Library where lectures by writer Grey Brechin and LAEP professor Louise Mozingo will discuss the history of the Berkeley Parks, on Saturday May 31 at 2 pm.

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the Windows Gallery please call the curator of the windows at 981-7546 or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us or (510) 981-7533. For further information about this exhibition please contact: Marcia McNally, cdbydesign@earthlink.net or (510) 643-6831.

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