Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
John Hinkel Park
Clubhouse: John Gregg, Designer, 1918
— Amphitheater: Vernon Dean, Designer, 1934 —
designated in 2001
In 1919 John and Ada Hinkel donated seven hillside areas to the City of Berkeley in appreciation of the Boy Scouts’ service to the nation during the First World War. Before making their gift, the Hinkels added a playground, trails, a massive stone fireplace, and clubhouse. John Gregg, University of California landscape professor and president of the city’s park commission, contributed to the park design and designed the rustic redwood clubhouse.
City landscape designer Vernon Dean planned both Berkeley’s Rose Garden and this park’s stone-terraced amphitheater. Built by the Civil Works Administration during the Depression, it was home to the California (originally Berkeley) Shakespeare Festival from its founding in 1954 to 1991.
Erected 2003 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 2001.
Location. 37° 53.707′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Somerset Place, Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mortar Rock (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns (approx. 0.3 miles away); Northbrae Public Improvements (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Thousand Oaks School (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
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