Berkeley Community Information

The city of Berkeley boasts outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Berkeley Parks and Recreation department oversees not only several parks, but also swim centers, tennis courts and other facilities. Residents enjoy hiking, hiking, boating in the Berkeley Marina and participating in a host of sports. Additional team sports can be found at the Berkeley campus. The city also offers programs for children and teens, including swimming lessons, after-school programs, day camps and camp-counselor-training programs.

Shopping in Berkeley is nothing short of fabulous. The city is home to several pedestrian-friendly shopping areas that offer an intriguing variety of shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Everyday items and other necessities can be found in the metropolitan Downtown Berkeley area. North Shattuck is known for its many famous restaurants and independent bookstores. Several shops and eateries, in addition to two movie theaters, are found along scenic Solano Avenue. On Telegraph Avenue is the world-famous “south campus” shopping area, where unique gifts can be found in independent stores or the kiosks that line the streets.

The city hosts a variety of annual events, such as the "How Berkeley Can You Be" Grand Parade & Festival. This festival allows residents show their pride in their city every September. June brings the Berkeley Festival, which draws some of the world's greatest musicians. The Solano Stroll takes place each September in North Berkeley. Performers and organizations take over the streets, providing entertainment as well as opportunities for residents to get involved in their community.

Primary and secondary students from Berkeley attend public schools within the Berkeley Unified School District. Currently there are three preschools, eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, one alternative high school in this district, and one adult school. There are also more than a dozen private elementary and secondary schools found throughout the community.

For those seeking higher education, there is of course the beautiful University of California at Berkeley right in town. The oldest of the UC campuses, the university is famous for its commitment to research and public service as well as outstanding educational opportunities. The Vista Community College and Graduate Theological Union are also located in Berkeley. Other colleges and universities -- such as Stanford and the University of San Francisco -- are just a short drive away.

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