Yes, bowls, not balls! The club is enjoying a pandemic-fueled renaissance. Meanwhile, its unused green could become a public park.
His madcap recaps of Berkeley softball games have been a hit for 25 years
Raymond Weschler has organized an egalitarian pick-up softball league since 1997, but he prefers writing emails about the games to playing in them.
Berkeley’s ‘prince of pools’ goes out with a splash
Yassir Chadly, raised in a family of Moroccan champion swimmers and known for his sage and silly storytelling, has retired after 30 years as an instructor at Berkeley’s pools.
Young chess masters head to Brazil for championships
Josiah Stearman, 8, and Ben Rood, 7, will represent the US in the World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil next week. Photo: Lance Knobel Most second and third graders probably have fairly modest plans for next week. Josiah Stearman and Ben Rood, however, will be getting on a plane for Brazil to compete in the […]
More than $100M needed for parks, rec and waterfront
Some of the parks and recreation issues shown on Tuesday night: closed stairs at Remillard Park, drainage problems at Ohlone dog park, inaccessible restrooms at the Marina, and deteriorating basketball courts at San Pablo Park At a special session of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront department presented $100.5 million […]
Hungry for better food at Berkeley’s Echo Lake Camp
The panoramic alpine views draw outdoor lovers to the Berkeley-run Echo Lake Camp As we head into the final long weekend of the season, the proverbial last hurrah of summer, it’s time for reflection on summer vacation (mis)adventures before fall sets in and school gets going in earnest. Which brings to mind bad camp food. […]
Explore the Bay in a dragon boat this Saturday
A photo from last year’s Paddle and Picnic. Photos: Dragon Max A photo from last year’s Paddle and Picnic. Photos: Dragon Max By Robert Mills Bay Area boaters and aquatic enthusiasts can look forward to fun in the water this Saturday at the third annual Paddle and Picnic hosted by the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center (BRCC). […]
Berkeley High’s mountain biking team qualifies for state
Berkeley was the first high school in the country to have a competitive mountain biking team — it was established in 1998 by math teacher Matt Fritzinger. Now, the 25-strong team has qualified for the state championships on May 15. Watch the clip from CBS SF, above, to see the team in action.
Berkeley bicyclists reach new height
The Least Most, a media collective focusing on “bikes, music, art, adventure and the overall pursuit of good times” posted these wonderful pictures of the Berkeley skate park on Fifth and Harrison streets. Clearly, bikers like the park, too. We thought the photos were worth sharing. They were taken by photographer Kyle Emery-Peck.
New Berkeley teen center opens its doors
YMCA-PG&E Teen Center. Teens in Berkeley will now have a new place to hang out after school. The YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, a joint project that took an abandoned building and turned it into a new downtown center for youth, will officially open its doors today. The “Get Amped” open house will be held from 6:30 […]
Secret acres: Berkeley’s hidden hillside park
High on a hillside, tucked behind houses lining Alvarado and Vicente Roads sits one of Berkeley’s most hidden parks. The two and a half acre open space is studded with oaks, toyons, bay and pine trees, as well as native plants like purple needle grass, soap plants, coyote bush, and California sage brush. Pathways meander […]
Aquatic Park advocate wins conservation award
Mark Liolios with "weed warriors" at Aquatic Park yesterday. Photo: Friends of Five Creeks Mark Liolios, founder of Aquatic Park Egret, has been named one of five Cox Conserves Heroes for the Bay Area. The program, run by the Trust for Public Land, honored Liolios for more than a decade of work in environmental education […]