Friends of Totland
New - Young Artists Workspace at Totland
Renovated Totland Now Open!
Read the Berkeley Voice article about Totland's New Mural
Read the SF Chronicle article on Totland's Renovation.
Read the 11/19/98 Berkeley Voice article about the renovation of Totland, Thousand Oaks Park and the Rose Garden. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Click here to see photos of the new Totland and the volunteer work that made it possible
Totland Park, at the corner of Virginia and McGee streets, has been a well-loved haven for young children and their accompanying grown-ups for many years. Along with the dads, moms, sitters and teachers who currently bring children to Totland are many people who warmly remember a "Totland era" when their children frequented this large tot lot.
About fifty years ago, Berkeley locals decided a park would better serve the community than the apartments which were proposed for the corner of Virginia and McGee. They planted the trees, laid out and constructed Totland for children in the Berkeley area.
The layout of Totland is open and inviting: trees, grass, sand, slides and swings are important features, as are the bathrooms. Because the park is entirely fenced, tots are free to roam and adults strike up friendships, exchange advice and get a breath of fresh air. Neighbors often have summer dinners at the picnic tables.
Friends of Totland has been working for several years to renovate this old favorite park, without losing its current "feel". PERS money, mini-grants and Commission on Disability contributions have made it possible to create accessible restrooms, renovate pathways and lawn, and purchase a new central play structure. The Timberform play structure was installed by volunteers in June and the playground is now open. Please call Friends of Totland (Jennifer Burke) at 524-4996 for more information.
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