Aquatic Park (Berkeley)

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Pedestrian Bridge at the north end of the park

Aquatic Park is a public park in Berkeley, California, United States, located just east of the Eastshore Freeway (Interstate 80) between Ashby and University Avenues. The park was created in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, simultaneous with its work on the nearby Berkeley Yacht Harbor. Its centerpiece is an artificial mile-long lagoon cut off from San Francisco Bay when a causeway for the Eastshore Highway was created in the 1930s in conjunction with the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge approaches. The lagoon still communicates with the Bay through culverts under the freeway (one in line with Ashby Avenue, the other in line with Grayson Street). The east shoreline of the lagoon represents what used to be the original shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

The Audubon Society,[1] Berkeley Animal Care Services, various environmental groups, BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) BAD RAP (organization), and local animal welfare activists and responsible dog owners continue to struggle to have leash laws enforced in Aquatic Park. Despite the close proximity of several off-leash parks, including Cesar Chavez Park (walking distance at less than one mile from Aquatic Park) and Ohlone Park, and Berkeley leash law which allows all voice-responsive dogs to remain off-leash (though not more than six feet from their human companions) in all public areas not otherwise designated as on-leash, including city streets [2] (ironically making Aquatic Park one of the few areas in Berkeley where a leash is actually required), numerous dog owners, including significant numbers of people using the publicly funded disc golf course, allow their dogs of leash, often leading to the mauling, which in turn has led to the euthanization, of shelter dogs housed at the Berkeley Animal Care Shelter located at the southern tip of the park who are being walked by volunteers, as well as other animals being walked by responsible pet owners.[3]

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Aquatic Park features picnic areas, "Dream Land for Kids"—a large children's playground, a pedestrian-bicycle path, and a disc golf course. The lagoon is used by the Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club year round, and by the Berkeley Water Ski Club during the summer months (their ski ramp is visible in the middle of the lagoon). Historically, it was also a practice site for the University of California crew teams (see California Golden Bears).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Agony of Aquatic Park (News Analysis). Category: Page One from". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ "City Dog Regulations - City of Berkeley, CA". Ci.berkeley.ca.us. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ Mausner, Jasmine (2011-09-14). "Concerns raised over dog attacks in Berkeley park - The Daily Californian". Dailycal.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  • Annual Reports of the City of Berkeley Recreation Department, 1933-1940

Coordinates: 37°51′25″N 122°17′56″W / 37.856871°N 122.298859°W / 37.856871; -122.298859