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Considered a home away from home for a hand full of Berkeley High students and the home of a section of the world wide and world renowned Peace Wall is Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Park. It's a fairly small park but it certainly has it's share of cultural significance. It's name seems to be a disputable topic since it has changed a few times over the years. The park's original name was Civic Center and then was changed to MLK Jr. in 1983, but all the Berkeley High kids refer to it as "The Park." Also, for many years it has been fondly called Provo Park after the progressive political group which was started in Amsterdam. I think the Berkeley High students have the right idea just calling it "The Park." - www.ci.berkeley.ca.us
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, landmarked in 1997 as well as the site of many Berkeley festivals and special events, offers a large lawn for sitting and picnicking along with many special features.
* Entire park is landmarked and part of a Historic District
* Historic fountain
* Peace Wall inlaid with tiles made by hundreds of community members
* Multi-purpose turf used for special events and daily lunching by Berkeley High students and others
* Staging area for large gatherings
* Site of large community events, including Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, and How Berkeley Can You Be? festivals
* Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning on Center Street north of the park
The park is available for rental for special events and festivals. For reservations and further information, please call the City Recreation Office at 510-981-5150.