Berkeley Partners for Parks/Halcyon
- Arts & Culture
- Sports & Recreation
Location3044-B Halcyon CourtBerkeley, CA 94705 United States
Berkeley Partners for Parks builds vibrant, healthy, ecologically sound communities by providing the infrastructure that volunteer groups need in order to improve the beauty and usefulness of public space and recreation in and around Berkeley, California. Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP) is a citywide nonprofit organization that encourages volunteerism and community development for parks, community gardens, natural habitat, and open space, and recreation in our area. We help citizens form new groups, help those groups find needed financial and volunteer resources, provide voices of experience and help with publicity, and serve as a 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor, providing bookkeeping, tax filing, insurance, and the ability to receive tax-free donations and grants.
Halcyon Commons is a community-designed and initiated park dedicated in the summer of 1996 in a South Berkeley neighborhood to the southwest of the Ashby-Telegraph intersection, with Berkeley Partners for Parks as its fiscal agent. Once a twenty-eight space parking lot, the site of Halcyon Commons was transformed into a public greenspace following a four-year process of community involvement led by Halcyon Neighborhood Association. Community members participated in hands-on design workshops to select the chief features for the park, and secured the support of the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council for the project. The park was funded through a partnership approach that augmented city funding with sweat equity and contributions from local businesses. Volunteers helped remove asphalt as ground was broken in 1995, and then worked side-by-side with city gardeners to plant trees and flowering shrubs and to lay sod in mid-1996. The park includes a tire swing, a community bulletin board, a community herb and flower garden, a wisteria-covered arbor, a grass field, and many trees and flowering bushes. Neighbors remain involved in the ongoing maintenance of the park through the Friends of Halcyon Commons.