List of Piedmont Parks, Sports Fields and Dog Parks

List of Parks, Sports Fields and Dog Parks

 


Beach Play Field

Located next to Beach School along Linda Avenue are two tennis courts, soccer field/baseball field, little tots play structure and sand area with picnic tables.

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Blair Park

This park is located along Moraga Avenue between Red Rock Road and Maxwelton Road. It is a natural, unlandscaped area used mainly by dog owners. Parking is very limited.

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Crocker Park

Crocker Park is a manicured jewel on just an acre of land, which features a shaded lawn area and beds of rhododendrons, camellias and ferns. The park is located on property that was once the home of Wallace Alexander, one of the city¹s founding fathers. Numerous species of rhododendrons, azaleas and saucer magnolias have been donated to the park throughout the years. A granite sculpture of a Bear and Her Two Cubs by noted sculptor Beniamino “Benny” Bufano sits in the park's center. The park is intended for informal use and dogs must be kept on a leash. It's a lovely, quiet spot to read a book on a warm summer day.

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Coaches Field

Coaches' Field, off Moraga Avenue, features a grassy play field frequently used by local youth soccer and softball teams as well as a Skate Park that was opened in 2001.

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Kennelly Skate Park

Kennelly Skate Park is located up a flight of steps behind the playing field at Coaches Field off Moraga Avenue. Spectators can watch experienced and not-so-experienced skateboarders attempt gravity-defying stunts on specially designed concrete ramps and bowls. The skate park hours change periodically. For further information and on hours of operation, contact the Recreation Department at (510) 420-3070. Use of helmets, kneepads and shoulder pads are required at all times for all users. BMX bicycle use is permitted on a limited schedule.

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Piedmont Sports Field (Hampton Field)

Piedmont Sports Field is used for organized baseball, children¹s football, and soccer. The park also has two tennis courts, backboard, volleyball court, and 6 basketball hoops. A children’s play structure and sand area are conveniently located a few feet away from the tennis courts, which is attractive to families. A new building was constructed in 2000 to house children’s programs at the field. It is utilized by both the Piedmont Cooperative Playschool and the city Recreation Department. It is open for use from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday and from 9 am to 7 pm on weekends.

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Dracena Quarry Park

Dracena Quarry Park , an informal park on eight acres of land in an abandoned rock quarry, is a hidden neighborhood gem. Deceptive in its size, the park starts out as a sloping strip of grass that leads to a children’s playground completed in 2006. In addition to a new play structure and two sets of swings, the new playground includes a climbing wall, a waterfall faucet for the sand area, and a cement slide built into a grassy man-made hill. Beyond the tall green gates is a lovely lawn area with a ring of pathway that was dedicated by the city in 1996. At the far end of this "secret garden" are the steep vegetation-covered walls of the old quarry. Just north visitors will find a small stand of redwoods, a picnic table and the start of a dog run through a series of shaded paths leading up to Dracena Avenue.

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Linda Park

Located across the street from Beach School off the Linda Park Pathway is a fenced-in dog run open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is accessible from Linda Avenue at Lake Avenue or Oakland Avenue at Sunnyside Avenue.

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Piedmont Park & Exedra Plaza

At the center of Piedmont both geographically and historically, Piedmont Park covers approximately 15 acres and contains a variety of recreational facilities. The east entrance to the park is at 711 Highland Avenue where large sloping lawns surround the city¹s Community Hall. A separate entrance to the park from Wildwood Avenue offers a scenic view of Witter Field at Piedmont High School and a panoramic vista of San Francisco Bay and Mt. Tamalpais.

This park‘s formal Exedra entryway with a distinctive blue ceramic vase is located at Highland and Magnolia Avenues in the center of town across the street from the Veteran’s Building. The Community Hall and Exedra Plaza area are both venues which can be rented for weddings and other events by contacting the Recreation Department. In addition, there is a traditional Japanese Tea House near the Community Center which can provide a quiet shady place to read or contemplate.

The Children’s Playground is designed around a majestic oak tree. The playground includes a climbing structure and sand area that are ideal for preschoolers. There are also several baby swings, a stepped seating area and benches. A drinking fountain and restroom complete this area.

There is a bowl-shaped lawn area near the Community Center which is great for a family picnic or a game of Frisbee. This is the site of community gatherings, such as, Movies in the Park, Harvest Festival, Fourth of July Band Concert, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, etc. To the south side near Guilford Road are two tennis courts.

Behind the Community Hall is the entrance to gurgling Bushy Dell Creek and a meandering, though somewhat steep path and dog run. Once the site of a hotel and spa in the late 1800s, the creek is shaded by redwoods and features a network of paths leading down the hill. The atmosphere is that of a dense forest, though visitors are just a block or two from nearby homes and school. The main trail runs for about a third of a mile, ending at the Piedmont school district's sports complex.

In connection with the city’s Centennial Celebration, a history trail with nine markers commemorating key milestones has been created along with the re-creation of a rock grotto in the park, the site of mineral springs that once attracted visitors from across the Bay -- including such luminaries as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) -- to come to the East Bay hills. The famous Piedmont Springs Hotel stood for many years at the site before being leveled by a fire in the 1940s.

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