Playing and Growing in Berkeley
A Happy, Long Life for All
At first glance, Berkeley seems like a pretty healthy community. The farmers’ markets are hopping, people are running and playing in one of our 55 parks and recreation centers, and there aren’t as many smokers in doorways as there used to be.
And in fact, most of us are healthier, at least in some part due to great City programs. We have a very low teen birth rate, all mothers now have access to prenatal care, and youth tobacco use here is lower than in California overall.
Although Berkeley residents are faring better in general, not all Berkeley residents are getting healthier at the same rate, and health is closely tied to poverty.
Berkeley’s health inequities mirror those across the country, but we feel strongly that these inequities are not reflective of our community’s values. Although it takes years to impact people’s health, it can be done. We’re focusing on a healthy start for every child, youth development, chronic illness prevention and public health preparedness for all our residents. To learn more, call 981-5300 or visit www.cityofberkeley.info/publichealth/reports/reports.html.
Press release for the Health Status Report
Gilman Street Fields: Play Ball!
Berkeley has had a long-term desire for safe places for young people to get fit, learn to play together, and develop athletic skills. As part of meeting that need the Gilman Street Fields will open this fall.
This year, Berkeley and four neighboring cities banded together with State Parks and East Bay Regional Parks to build five new sports fields he west of I-80. The great location means that sports leagues of all ages and from all over the area can use the fields. There will be two synthetic fields ready in fall and three natural grass fields ready in March.
This project is the result of five years of work to find more play space for dozens of East Bay leagues.
To learn more about the Gilman Street Fields or to schedule a game, call at 981-5150.
List of City of Berkeley Parks
Parks Recreation & Waterfront
photo courtesy Mark Coplan, BUSD
Most Accessible City
On March 27, the Berkeley community celebrated an incredible accomplishment: The National Organization on Disability recognized Berkeley as the most accessible city in the U.S. The City received a $25,000 check from UPS to help us continue our accessibility efforts.
Berkeley is the home of the disability rights movement and has been on the forefront of accessibility since the 1960s. Berkeley also has the nation’s first fully accessible affordable housing development (University Avenue Apartments); free and reduced price-accessible taxi services to people with disabilities; and a comprehensive preparedness plan for people with disabilities.
The Disability Compliance Program can be reached at 981-6342.
History of the Disability and Rights and Independent Living Movement (University of California Berkeley)