Berkeley Rotary Peace Grove
In 1955 the Berkeley Rotary Club established
the International Peace Grove in Tilden Regional Park
by planting one hundred Giant Sequoia seedlings
close to the site of a former missile base.
Each year, one tree is dedicated to honor an individual or an organization
that has made a significant contribution to international peace and understanding.
Peace Grove History
In 1955 Robert Sibley, Chair of the East Bay Regional Parks District and 1947-8 President of the Berkeley Rotary Club, proposed to Club the establishment of an International Peace Grove in Tilden Regional Park. The Grove was established close to the site of the former Nike missile site for the defense of the Bay Area. When the Grove was established, the first of 100 trees planted was dedicated to Paul Harris, founder of Rotary. It was Harris’ far-sighted action in 1905 that brought into being the Rotary organization based on the principles of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional individuals united in the ideals of service.
Now 57 years later, Rotarians annually dedicate a tree and plaque to honor individuals and organizations from around the world who have worked for peace. Amidst the impressive grove of redwoods (Sequoia Gigantea), a symbol or magnificence and beauty, Rotarians and guests are inspired to reflect on nature’s majesty and strength as well as human endeavors to bring peace to the world. Pictured below is the Rotary Peace Lookout located above the Peace Grove. Its simple and stunning design affords expansive views of the entire San Francisco Bay area.