The central part of the new pergola, or arbor, at the Berkeley Rose Garden has been rebuilt, and the curved pathway underneath is open to park visitors again. At least for now.
On Monday afternoon a small event was held to mark the 'groundbreaking' for Phase 1 of the Rose Garden Trellis Restoration Project.
The city of Berkeley has announced the closure of its historic municipal fishing pier due to “considerable structural damage” that has made the popular walkway unsafe for the public.
“The City’s budget is a reflection of City policies, goals, and priorities. The budget process assigns resources to address the goals, objectives, and community priorities set by the City Council.” Christine Daniels, City Manager
James Kenney Park in West Berkeley is slated for major repairs in the coming fiscal years, which will likely require closure of parts of its community center for 6-8 months, according to city staff.
Every Saturday, John Gordon and his father, Jule Gordon, stop by Peet’s before heading over to a hidden rose garden behind a row of stores on University Avenue. The garden is a “labor of love,” said John, and part of a development of six beautifully restored old buildings which, together, form a peaceful sanctuary in downtown Berkeley that tends to put a smile on visitors’ faces when they discover it for the first time.
It was once described as nothing more than a “weed and poison oak slope,” but is now one of our city’s most treasured open spaces. The Berkeley Rose Garden turns 75 this year, and a gala celebration will be held this Sunday to honor the visionaries of the 1930s who made the transformation possible.