The Friends of César Chávez Park

Lease Cutting César Chávez Park

César Chávez Park is ninety acres of gently rolling hills located at the Berkeley marina. Its users enjoy a variety of activities and beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay. Managed by the City of Berkeley's Department of Parks and Waterfront, the park was created from landfill between 1960 and 1983. In 1998, the Berkeley City Council voted to establish an off-leash dog area of approximately seventeen acres in the northernmost section of the park, on a one year trial basis. This trial period will end in February, 2000. It is the City's expectation that the off-leash area is to have no, or less than, significant impact on the environment, grounds, recreation, and cultural resources of the park.


The Friends of César Chávez Park

The Friends of César Chávez Park (FCCP) is a grassroots organization that successfully lobbied the City of Berkeley to establish the off-leash area. We work together with the City Parks and Waterfront staff to assess the condition of the area, and ensure its success. Additionally, we negotiate and implement improvements, organize special events and volunteer clean-ups, conduct outreach efforts to likeminded groups, and maintain liaisons with the City.

Howdy! Meetings, Membership, and Contact Information

FCCP has two general membership meetings annually. Our seven member Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month. If you would like to attend any of these meetings, please call us at 510.869.5686, or email us at Annual membership in FCCP can be earned by work, and/or by paying $10 in dues. Contact us if you would like to work. Make your check payable to BPFP/FCCP, and mail it to FCCP c/o Cava, 1733-C Francisco Street, Berkeley, CA 94703. Include the following: name, dog's name and gender, address, phone number, fax number, email address, and, among these, your preferred means of communication. Please contact us if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Additionally, phone the City at 510.644.6376, extension 400, and let them know what you think of the off-leash area. Send your comments about this site to

surprise Directions.

César Chávez Park is located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay, at the Berkeley marina. Take the University Avenue exit from Highway 80 and head west. Note that if you're arriving from the south, you must take the University Avenue east exit, toward the City of Berkeley, and make a U-turn at the first traffic light, at the intersection of University Avenue and Sixth Street. Stop whimpering and be dogged about it. Repeat the following: "My dog trusts me, and I will trust these directions." Turn right on Marina Boulevard. The road will curve sharply to the left at the southern edge of the park. Follow the signs to the off-leash area on the north side of the park.

Rikkaboy Park Rules.

Leash your dog from the park entrance to the off-leash area. Dogs are required to be on-leash in most of César Chávez Park. Dog feces must be picked up. Free bags are provided throughout the park. Dogs must be under voice control, and within sight of their owners. Dogs must be leashed if they become aggressive. To prevent damage to the landfill's cap, dogs must not dig holes. If they do, the holes should be filled back in.


Emergency at the Park?

The closest, easily accessible public phone is at the Radisson Hotel. You passed it on Marina Boulevard on your way to the park. There are two Veterinary Hospitals nearby. The closest is University Veterinary Hospital, at 810 University Avenue. Pet Emergency Treatment Service, at 1048 University Avenue, is just a few blocks further. Both are on the east side of the Highway 80 overpass, and both are on the right side of the street as you head toward Berkeley and away from the park. At this time (July 1999), UVH is open seven days per week, twenty-four hours per day, and PETS is open nights, weekends, and holidays.

Solar Calendar

The Solar Calendar, a César Chávez Memorial, continues it's construction on one of the bluffs next to the off-leash area. They usually have gatherings on solstices and equinoxes.


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