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Parks and Rec.

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is easy in Berkeley. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually and an ideal location along the San Francisco Bay, the options for recreation are seemingly endless in this northern California community.

The City of Berkeley’s Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department maintains more than 50 parks and facilities throughout the community, offering residents and visitors a wide range of programs and amenities. Local sites feature athletic fields, swimming pools, playgrounds and basketball and tennis courts, along with community centers, a skate park and much more. The city also operates the Berkeley Marina, an ideal place for water activities, shopping and entertainment. Among the Marina’s many features is the Adventure Playground, a unique, award-winning site offering a number of recreational and learning activities for children.

The East Bay Regional Park District also operates several regional park sites and miles of trails within the Berkeley community, including East Shore State Park, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve and the popular Tilden Regional Park. Noted as the crown jewel of the system, Tilden Regional Park outlines Berkeley’s eastern border, providing a wide array of recreational and enrichment activities for people of all ages. Guests take a dip at Lake Anza and take in the colors and smells of the beautiful Botanic Garden. The more than 2,000-acre park also features a golf course, the Tilden Nature Area & Little Farm, a merry-go-round and plenty of quiet spaces.


Adding to the recreation mix are various fitness centers, Yoga studios, senior-oriented facilities and the well-equipped Berkeley-Albany YMCA system, which locally operates the South Berkeley YMCA Learning Academy (after school and summer programming), Early Childhood Services programs and the Downtown Berkeley YMCA. The Downtown Y’s facilities and programs promote healthful living for children, teens and adults alike. Here, one will find state-of-the-art fitness equipment, three swimming pools, two gymnasiums, group exercise studios and additional spaces.

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