Berkeley Rose Garden
|Berkeley Rose Garden|
|Location||Berkeley, California, United States|
|Operated by||City of Berkeley|
The Berkeley Rose Garden is a city-owned park in the North Berkeley area of Berkeley, California. The Rose Garden is situated in a residential area of the Berkeley Hills between the Cragmont and La Loma Park neighborhoods, occupying most of the block between Eunice Street and Bayview Place along the west side of Euclid Avenue.
The Rose Garden is in the form of a terraced amphitheater nestled in a small canyon and offers stunning views of the city and bay of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Over a hundred varieties of roses grow along the terraces, with maximum blooming occurring in early Spring. The park is bisected by Codornices Creek. The north side of the Rose Garden includes a set of tennis courts. The south side is a grove of Coast Redwoods, bay trees and coastal live oak.
Construction of the Rose Garden began in 1933 with funds provided by the federal Civil Works Administration. Construction continued in subsequent years with funding from the California State Relief Administration and the federal Works Progress Administration. It opened on September 26, 1937. Since its inception, the Rose Garden has been the site of numerous rose shows.
Across Euclid Avenue is Codornices Park, an older city park (established 1915) of which the Rose Garden was initially considered an extension. Codornices includes a large lawn, picnic area, children's play equipment and a long concrete slide. Here, two forks of Codornices Creek have their confluence, right along the line of the Hayward Fault. The clubhouse of the Codornices Club, a neighborhood improvement and social club, once stood on a lot adjacent to the top of the concrete slide.
A pedestrian tunnel runs under Euclid, connecting the Rose Garden with Codornices Park. In this section, from 1912 to 1928, before the Rose Garden was established, a 275-foot-long (84 m) wooden streetcar and road trestle spanned Codornices Creek along Euclid. In late 1928 through early 1929, the trestle was filled in, a culvert laid through it for the creek, and the pedestrian tunnel constructed. Much of the fill originated from the excavation of a small hill on the UC Berkeley campus as part of the construction of Giannini Hall.
- "So We're Told: Quail Creek Improvers", Hal Johnson, Berkeley Daily Gazette, Sept. 13, 1945, p.15
- Key System Streetcars, Vernon Sappers, Signature Press, 2007, pp. 175, 208
- Sixth Annual Report of the City Manager, 1928-29, City of Berkeley, pp.34, 60.
- Berkeley Daily Gazette, January 3, 1929
- Annual Reports of the City of Berkeley Recreation Department, 1933-1940
- Berkeley Gazette, September 27, 1933