“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

John Hinkel Park

Clubhouse: John Gregg, Designer, 1918


—Amphitheater: Vernon Dean, Designer, 1934 —

John Hinkel Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. John Hinkel Park Marker
City of Berkeley Landmark
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.
Location. 37° 53.707′ N, 122° 16.381′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Somerset Place. Touch for map. This markers is near the barbeque and amphitheater in John Hinkel Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Somerset Place, Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
John Hinkel Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. John Hinkel Park Marker
The amphitheater designed by Vernon Dean.
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); Live Oak Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the clubhouse. • An additional view of the amphitheater. • Can you help?
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