September 19, 2012

Before & After Green: Halcyon Commons

Image: The original site - a parking lot, all photographs courtesy of John Steere


Halycon Commons is located in South Berkeley. The green space was once a 28-space parking lot. The impetus for the project came during the June 1992 solstice block party which was made possible by a temporary street closing. Residents wondered what it would be like to have a park in the space.  Beginning in October 1992, the Halcyon Neighborhood Association organized a community-based planning process to regenerate the site. At the end of a four-year process, the neighborhood association received project approval from the community and two municipal agencies, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council.




The City helped to prepare the site by removing the surface pavement. The City also provided funding which was supplemented by local business and volunteer labor. The park was dedicated in July 1996 and is maintained by the Friends of Halcyon Commons.



Additional information
Halcyon Neighborhood Association
City of Berkeley Parks: Halcyon Commons

Issue: community green space
Landscape: parking lot/roadway
Contact: Berkeley Partners for Parks, 510-849-1969 (phone and fax)

Note: The content of this post is slightly modified from a post about the idea of the "commons" published on October 2, 2006.

P.S. Read the first Before & After Green here.

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