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

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.