— Berkeley History —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.
|Placed By||Berkeley Historical Plaque Project|
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|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 9:34pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 564254 N 4193194|
|Decimal Degrees||37.88398333, -122.26930000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 53.039', W 122° 16.158'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 53' 2.34" N, 122° 16' 9.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2207-2211 Berryman Path, Berkeley CA 94709, US|
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