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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Live Oak Park

1914

 

—Berkeley History —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. Live Oak Park Marker
Inscription. Live Oak Park was created in 1914 when the City of Berkeley purchased four acres from landowners R.S. Penniman and Michael O’Toole. Mr. Penniman’s brown shingle house served as the park clubhouse and also, from 1916-1936, as Berkeley’s North Branch Public Library. The Walnut Street bridge over Codornices Creek was constructed in 1915 and an aviary featuring “a nice assortment of rare birds” was added a few years later. Also built at about this time, the tennis courts and the park’s large outdoor stone fireplace became the park’s important features of community life. For generations, the fireplace has been a gathering spot for Boy Scout meetings and family picnics. After the clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1951, architect Robert Ratcliff designed a new recreation center. The huge wisteria by the children’s play yard is a remnant from the Penniman garden.
 
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 53.039′ N, 122° 16.158′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Shattuck Avenue near Berryman Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. Live Oak Park Marker
The marker is on the Live Oak Theatre building.
within walking distance of this marker. Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Hunrick Grocery Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peet’s Coffee & Tea (approx. ¼ mile away); Edward A. Brakenridge House (approx. 0.3 miles away); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Berkeley Congregational (Grace North) Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Live Oak Park - City of Berkeley. The City Council authorized the purchase of the park site in 1914 for the price of $87,000, bought on installments. The park opened to the public on June 1, 1916. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Live Oak Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
3. Live Oak Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 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 wisteria at the children's play yard. • Can you help?
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