Tilden Regional Park, also known as Tilden Park, is a 2,079-acre (841-ha) regional park in East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It's between the Berkeley Hills and the Ridge of San Pablo. Its main entrance is in the vicinity of Kensington, Berkeley and Richmond. The park is adjacent to the Regional Park of Wildcat Canyon.

 

The park is managed by the East Bay Regional Park District, created from the first land purchased by the District in 1936. Tilden Regional Park was named in honor of Charles Lee Tilden, a Bay Area lawyer and businessman who served on the first Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Park District.

 

Before being a public park, the lands that are now Tilden Park were the ancestral lands of the Ohlone Indians. Spanish explorers and Mexican ranchos took the Ohlone off the land as ranching became the dominant activity in the Wildcat Canyon. American ranchers from the late 1800s and early 1900s included the Curran family ranch and the Sweet Briar Dairy. The eucalyptus plantations in the park were planted around 1910 by Frank C. Havens' Eucalyptus, Mahogany, & Land Company.

 

On 4 June 1936, the first park was acquired by the East Bay Regional Park District from the East Bay Municipal Utility District.[3] The acre that had now been acquired includes the Tilden Park (then called the Upper Wildcat Canyon).Upper Wildcat Canyon was officially named "Charles Lee Tilden Regional Park" on 16 July 1936.

 

The Botanic Garden Regional Park includes Californian plants, including uncommon and endangered species, as a worldwide most complete collection. The visitor center (accessible by wheelchairs) provides year round tours and lectures. Indoors / outdoors This historic facility is popular for weddings , parties, corporate events, etc. The Botanic Garden provides accessible drinking and toilet facilities. With a magnificent view of Tilden Park and lovely landscaped gardens, the atmosphere is modern to elegant. 150 guests or 225 guests are accommodated. It has an opening for the flagstone courtyard, a large main room with windows and doors.

 

Tilden's Herschell-Spillman Merry-Go-Round is a magnificent ancient menagerie carousel featuring hand-colored wooden carousel animals and music of the callipop style to sing the heart of any child. The facility provides a snack stand with access to wheelchairs, drinking water, toilet, and parking. Picnic areas reserved include Carousel (35), Carry (35), Big Leaf (50), Padre (150), Lakeview (50), Meadows (50), Orchard (50), Island (75), Willows (100), Laurel (150) and Mineral Springs (150). The picnic area is also accessible to reserve. In most picnic areas, there are barbecues.

This amazing landmark is perfect for kids and is located near the following must-see sights in Lafayette, California:

  • Chabot Space and Science Center

  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

  • Joaquin Miller Park

  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

  • Briones Regional Park 

  • Regional Parks Botanic Garden

  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park 

  • Roberts Regional Recreation Area

All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short drive from our location near Downtown Walnut Creek, California on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!