San Pablo Park is Berkeley’s oldest park and one of its largest. As of summer 2020, both playgrounds are currently under massive renovation. It is nestled among the neighborhood homes near San Pablo and Ashby spanning several blocks. Many of my adult friends know it for the softball and baseball leagues that play throughout the warm months.
San Pablo Park playground profile:
The playgrounds at San Pablo Park are completely dug up with large fencing surrounding the project and expected to be closed through February, 2021.
The rest of San Pablo park
San Pablo Park features wide open spaces for pick-up soccer, 2 baseball diamonds, 3 basketball courts, and 6 tennis courts. The tennis courts are closed through 2021 as well. The Frances Albrier community Center hosts after-school programs, special classes, neighborhood meetings, Santa Claus, and a few large festivals each year.
Softball fields, basketball courts and lawn area remains open. Please observe on-site signs and fencing restricting access to areas under renovation.
There is usually ample street parking in the neighborhood.
Overall, it is a very busy park all the time. Be prepared for the sun, it gets really hot here in the afternoon. Even if you don’t play with sand, since entire play areas are covered in sand, you will have sand everywhere!
When you visit, treat yourself to a mocha at Caffe Chiave (about a ten-minute stroller walk), or you could pick up a picnic dinner from Berkeley Bowl on Heinz (about a five-minute walk).
[All photos by Kat Choi for 510families; all rights reserved]