There are so many features to explore at Codornices Park in Berkeley that my experience of it has changed completely as my kids have grown older. We find new parts to enjoy with every visit. Overall, it's a beautiful setting, perfect for picnic dinners and birthday barbecues.
You'll find terrific playgrounds, winding creeks, bathrooms, and the famous concrete slide.
There is an enclosed toddler playground with baby swings, a slide, a sandbox and a train to drive. As a toddler, my son was obsessed with steering wheels, so the train is a big attraction. For bigger kids, there are more challenging play structures with slides and monkey bars. The concrete slides are fun for daring kids and adults – cardboard panels are usually found laying around the foot of the slide. A huge grassy area offers enough shady patches for picnics and sufficient space for running around, or playing catch.
A picnic bench set up is set next to the creek and offers the perfect outdoor birthday party setting. Hiking up around the backside of the playground reveals even more secluded and shady spots for grilling and get-togethers. Venture through the tunnel to explore more.
The Berkeley Rose Garden makes for a peaceful end to the day – stop and smell the flowers before returning home.
Codornices Park is located at 1201 Euclid Ave in Berkeley. It's just a short trip from Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto if you need to break for lunch, coffee or treats.