The next time someone asks me — as they often do — what’s a hidden gem you want to tell every new-to-town parent about, I’m pretty clear on my answer: Strawberry Creek Park: A playground with coffee in Berkeley.
With ample parking, a huge field in which to scamper, a creek to explore, a playground updated in 2020, and, a cafe onsite, Strawberry Creek Park is a perfect destination for a lazy Saturday. Especially if your Saturday is so lazy that you cannot pack a picnic.
We are all about keeping a waterproof blanket in the car for exactly this situation.
The playground includes a swing set with two bench swings and a basket swing; a climbing structure with a slide for 2-5-year-olds; a more challenging climbing structure with ropes for older children; and a steep metal slide. There is a sand play area, too.
Hidden Cafe will hook you up with coffee, seasonal salads, and tacos. They sell snacks such as banana chips and other dry goods items. Let’s stay tuned to see what they come up with for the playground guests!
There is a terrace with bistro tables, indoor seating, and of course, a huge square of grass on which you can spread a blanket.
If you frequently head out on playground-seeking adventures with a preschooler, treat yourself to lunch at Hidden Cafe.
Strawberry Creek Park is one block south of University Ave on Addison. Also accessed where Allston dead ends right after Bonar. Strawberry Creek Park has no relation to Strawberry Canyon Pool. Keep exploring to find basketball courts and a public bathroom.
Cyclist and strollers can use the West Street path to navigate into the park.