Adventure Playground is an urban park and adventure playground located at Berkeley Marina, in Berkeley, California. The park was opened in 1979 based on the ideas of Danish architect Carl Theodor Sørensen, who used scrap junkyards for playgrounds when Copenhagen was under occupation during the Second World War. The adventure playground model often referred to as a "junk playground," is to provide the tools to create children. The instruments available include saws, hammers, workbenches, and screws. The legal risk posed by providing fairly unlimited access to such devices to children has made adventure playgrounds rare in the U.S., with the Berkeley Adventure Playground being one of only four in the world.
- School-age play area with innovative low-risk activities to "create your own playground," including hammering, sewing, and painting. Creative tools for creative play
- Climbing, sliding and jumping on kid-designed and built forts, boats, and ropes
- Designed for children 7 years and older; if accompanied by a responsible adult, younger children are welcome
- Zipline offering exciting ride through the air for 6 years and up
- Picnic area outside in shorebird Park located next to restrooms, the shorebird park education classroom, and the Strawbale visitors center in Shorebird Park.
Park Hours & Fee
Open every Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open at 9-5 pm Mon- Fri. from Mid June- Mid August for summer.
Closed during weekdays from mid-August to mid-June and when raining.
Free to the general public. Groups of 5 or more must reserve in advance and pay a fee.
Children 7 and older can be dropped off in the playground for up to three hours. Fill out the Nature Center Registration Form and Charge $10.00. Center Nature closed on Sunday and Monday. Play tickets are available which allow you to prepay the center to be closed for those days.
The facility is flat and wheelchair users have been able to navigate the facility and engage in numerous ground-level activities (some difficulties in sandier areas of the site).
By Jeffreymendel Jeffrey Nash - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50308966
This amazing landmark is located near the following amazing must-see sites in Berkeley, California:
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
- Lawrence Hall of Science
- Indian Rock Park
- Tilden Regional Park
- Berkeley Rose Garden
- César E. Chávez Park
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Codornices Park
All of these wonderful points of interest are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!