UC Looks to Fill People’s Park Board Opening

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday January 26, 2007

UC Berkeley is looking for a representative of the Berkeley community to fill a vacant position on the People’s Park Community Advisory Board. 

Advisory Board members are appointed for one-year terms which are renewable to a maximum of three years. 

“All of the current advisory board members have indicated their desire to serve another year, but we do have one vacancy due to an advisory board member who resigned earlier this year,” said UC Berkeley Community Relations officer Irene Hegarty. 

Hegarty added that although Advisory Board members were usually Berkeley residents, they could also have a substantial involvement in Berkeley and interest in the area (for example, a Telegraph merchant or representative of a local church). 

People’s Park is operated as public open space for the benefit of the campus and the community by UC Berkeley. 

The Community Advisory Board is in charge of reviewing and making recommendations on park policies, programs and improvements. Members attend approximately ten meetings every year which are held in the evening on the first Monday of each month in the south campus area. 

The board, along with UC staff, is currently in the process of selecting a consultant who will be responsible for improving the park. The board will be working with the consultant in 2007 to engage community members in a planning process that would lead toward a possible redesign or improvement of the site. 

Applications and additional information is available at the People’s Park office (642-3255), the UC Office of Community Relations (643-5299), and via e-mail to pplspark@berkeley.edu. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15.