Located along the I-80 corridor, just north of Emeryville and across the Bay from San Francisco, Berkeley is a city known for its activism and citizens committed to community involvement. Mass transit is easy and accessible to all, including taxi and van service for the elderly and the disabled. Berkeley makes up only seven percent of Alameda County’s population, but more than 37 percent of the county’s population of people who walk and ride bikes to work. Every Berkeley resident
is within a quarter mile of a bus stop. All AC Transit local bus lines connect with a BART station. There are more than 15 miles of designated bike routes.
Life in Berkeley in general is entertaining everywhere you look. The University creates a special cultural dynamic that contributes so much to the community. Just walking down Telegraph Avenue with its sidewalk craft stands, musicians and interesting shops and exotic restaurants, is always amusing. Check out the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive. Cal Performances brings every kind of performing arts, dance, plays, speakers, and the public is invited to share these riches. Check out Berkeley Repertory Theater, or the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, for live music six nights a week, and “the best dance floor in the Bay Area”. Summer through Fall, the Greek Theater is one of the best places to see the top names in the music industry perform. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view across the sparkling SF Bay and city lights. There are three Farmers Markets to enjoy: Saturdays, 10-3pm, Center Street, between Milvia and Martin Luther King Jr Way. Tuesday nights explore the Ecology Center market, 2-7pm, at Derby & Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Thursdays visit the “North Shattuck/Gourmet Ghetto” an all-organic outdoor market, from 3-7pm on Shattuck at Rose St. Families will love the Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum at 2065 Kittredge, or try rock climbing at Indian Rock Park, 950 Indian Rock Ave. The list of fun things to do in Berkeley is truly endless.
The Berkeley Unified School District has 11 public elementary schools, three public middle schools and two public high schools, in addition to the Berkeley Community College and the University of California Berkeley. Berkeley has one of the best-educated populations in the country, and that translates to strong support for Berkeley’s public and professional schools. The University of California employs 13,500 people, creating a relatively stable economic base for the city.
Parks and Recreation
Berkeley has 52 treasured parks that include athletic fields, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks and playgrounds. Especially noteworthy: the Shorebird Nature Center and Dreamland for Kids playground in Aquatic Park. Don’t miss the incredible Berkeley Rose Garden, with its tennis courts and terraced exotic roses, ideal for a romantic picnic watching the sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge. The one and only Tilden Regional Park, offers nearly endless exploration with its 2079 acres of wildlife and natural beauty, as well as a steam train, merry-go-round, a farm for the kids, Lake Anza, botanic gardens, a golf course and plentiful hiking trails – it is sure to delight everyone.