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Codornices Park in the Berkeley Hills

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 outdoor dinners and birthday barbecues. You’ll find terrific playgrounds, winding creeks, bathrooms, and the famous concrete slide.

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The famous concrete slide at Codornices Park in North Berkeley | Photo: Julie Herson

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Codornices Park Features

Location: 1201 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708
Unique Features of Playground: Famous 40-foot concrete slide that’s fun for kids (and adults!) of all ages. Lovely natural setting with a creek and old-growth redwoods.
Swings: Three bucket swings in the tot area; three regular (extra long) swings in the big kid area.
Fenced in? Tot lot, yes; big kid area, no. But it’s set down and away from the street.
Surfaces: Wood chips mostly, with dirt and sand mixed around. Large grassy field. Hard court basketball court.
Bathroom: Yes, just up the hill from the slide.
Unique Features of the Park Overall: Beautiful and refreshingly simple playground setting with walking trails, a creek to splash in, and a short walk to the beautiful Berkeley Rose Garden.
Lunch tables & seating:
Several benches are scattered throughout and several tables can be reserved for parties.
Parking: Free street parking. Can get busy on the weekends.
Shade: Plenty. Lots of large trees and places to lay out a blanket.
Pros: Mixed-age appropriate; lots of wide open space; awesome slide; basketball court; beautiful natural atmosphere.
Cons: The slide can be dangerous for younger kids; the line for the slide can get long.

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There are both big and small climbing structures for kids of all ages | Photo: Julie Herson

Codornices Park Favorites

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 slide is fun for daring kids and adults – cardboard panels are usually found lying around the foot of the slide. A huge grassy area offers enough shady patches for snack time and sufficient space for running around or playing catch.

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Visiting Codornices Park on a rainy day offers hours of splashy fun | Photo: Julie Herson

A bench is set next to the creek and offers the perfect outdoor birthday party setting.

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Good old fashioned mucking around at Codornices Park | Photo: Julie Herson

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.

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Tunnel from the Berkeley Rose Garden to the park. | PC: Anna Azimi

The newly refreshed Berkeley Rose Garden makes for a peaceful end to the day – stop and smell the flowers before returning home.

The Berkeley Rose Garden is a beautiful place to end your day. | Photo: Anna Azimi

Codornices Park is located at 1201 Euclid Ave in Berkeley. It’s just a short trip from Berkeley’s North Shattuck Neighborhood (formerly known as Gourmet Ghetto) if you need to break for lunch, coffee, or treats.

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