Tilden Regional Park: Wildcat Canyon Road – Berkeley CA

Project type: Park Roads and Bridges
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Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) improved and rebuilt Wildcat Canyon Road, which runs along the west side of Tilden Park then crosses the park and continues over the East Bay hills to Orinda.  Inspiration Point road takes off from Wildcat Canyon Road at the east ridge line.

The WPA relief workers upgraded and paved an older dirt road; in the process, they built retaining walls, added culverts and constructed the bridge over Wildcat Creek at the junction with South Park Drive and next to the Botanical Garden.

The work was done c. 1939-42.

Source notes

Elbert Vail, The Early Story of the East Bay Regional Parks. Unpublished manuscript, available at East Bay Regional Parks District archives.

Elbert Vail, Progress Report, c 1940, available at East Bay Regional Parks District archives

Elbert Vail, 1940 Master Plan. Oakland CA: East Bay Regional Parks District, 1940, available at East Bay Regional Parks District archives

Amanda Sue Marshall, "WPA and CCC worksites in East Bay Regional Parks," research report for Living New Deal, January 2, 2012.

Mimi Stein, A Vision Achieved:Fifty Years of the East Bay Regional Parks District. Oakland CA: East Bay Regional Parks District, 1984. @ https://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=25719

Brechin, Gray. 2008. "Forgotten Foundation". Bay Nature Magazine. January 1.  http://baynature.org/articles/jan-mar-2008/forgotten-foundation

Smith, Harvey. 2014. Berkeley and the New Deal. Charleston SC: Arcadia Books. 

Amanda Sue Marshall, The East Bay Hills: A Brief History.  Charleston SC: The History Press, 2017.

Project originally submitted by Richard A Walker on August 2, 2020.

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Location Info


Wildcat Canyon Road
Berkeley, CA 94708

Location notes: pin approximate

Coordinates: 37.9019, -122.248

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