Emeryville Public Market patrons and neighbors have likely noticed the construction activity behind the Market Hall and across from Pacific Park Plaza.
The renovation of the long-anticipated Christie Avenue Park is well underway and will bring needed amenities to the ‘Christie Core’ neighborhood when complete. The park was designed by Hart Howerton and being built by Plant Construction.
The renovation plans were presented at a special community meeting as well as the Parks and Recreation Committee in 2014. The project was approved by our Planning Commission back in February, 2015 [1:36:28].
The previous “amphitheater” park design failed to attract many visitors and the lack of programming left it sparsely used. The renovated park will include amenities such as children’s playground, a fenced off dog park, additional trees and cherished open space.
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Unless someone comes up with a better one, we’re calling the whale play structure built by @monstrum_playgrounds at @publicmarketemeryville “Cetus” after the pioneering biotech company that revolutionized DNA amplification and whose logo was a whale. Park Grand Opening is 9/29. #Emeryville #EvilleSpots
The Children’s park will also feature Aquatic themed elements including a life-sized spruce plywood whale structure designed by Danish studio Monstrum Playgrounds. Monstrum is credited worldwide for pushing playground design away from the cookie-cutter designs that are prevalent and infusing narratives into their designs.
The whale was custom built and shipped via a freight container and required a crane to lift and position into place. Inside, the whale is equipped with ladders and access to the whale’s mouth, teeth and barnacles. Outside, the whale is covered with platforms for climbing including a slide.
“The revitalized Christie Park will be a vibrant, well-utilized amenity for Emeryville and the greater area,” noted CCRP President Mark Stefan. “With the addition of nearly half an acre to the current land and numerous improvements, Christie Park will be a fun and relaxing place for families, workers and visitors.”
The expansion of Christie Park will increase our city’s dearth of park space by nearly a half-acre. Recent additions of the Peladeau Park Greenway extension (.4 acres) and the Stanford Park extension (1.74 acres) have increased Emeryville’s current tally to just over twenty-five acres.
The Sherwin-Williams project will add an additional three acres to this total when it is completed.
The grand reopening of Cristie park is tentatively set for September 29th.