Joaquin Miller Community Center & Woodminster Cascades

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Joaquin Miller Community Center & Woodminster Cascades

Welcome to beautiful historic Joaquin Miller Park, one of Oakland’s many natural treasures, steeped in the rich history of the American West. Named in honor of one of America’s most eccentric and colorful writers, Joaquin Miller, shown in the photo on the right, single-handedly planted over 50,000 trees, many of which grace the Park grounds today. He was a man of many talents and achievements – attorney, arborist, stained glass artist, and all around man of letters.

He was also one of America’s earliest conservationists and advocates for public lands. Fast forward to the present; the establishment of this forested 500-acre park is monumental and we extend our gratitude to the late Joaquin Miller and his legacy for his dedication to this wondrous urban environment.

Hold your next event high in the redwoods with the Bay at your feet. Surround yourself with Bay Area history when you schedule your next corporate retreat, agency workshop, organizational training session or private party here, conveniently located off Highway 13.


In the Park

There are endless possibilities for all occasions when reserving your special event in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. High in the Oakland Hills, nestled in the Redwoods, is the Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Community Center, cascading waterfalls, intimate wedding sites, numerous picnic areas with seating for up to 250 guests, walking trails, and two dog play areas. When you reserve your event here you help keep our proud legacy of park excellence alive and well.

The Woodminster Amphitheater, complete with stage and seating for over 2000 guests (shown above, top left) was dedicated in 1940 as a memorial to California writers. The Theater has hosted annual family plays, concerts, graduations, and serves as a forum for all kinds of entertainment.

Joaquin Miller Community Center, offers an impressive range of options for your private event with indoor and outdoor amenities at very competitive rates. The Cascade, also dedicated in 1940, is a waterfall that mimics nature housed in a staircase on each side with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. Visitors of the Park can wander for miles over sunny hillsides or shaded forest paths with plenty of parking and extensive picnic grounds.

At Your Service

The Central Reservations Unit at Oakland Parks and Recreation provides highly personalized attention to help you plan your special event. Our excellent customer service and personalized guided tours ensure that your meeting or celebration is a success, filled with happy memories. Call to set up your appointment today.

The Ideal Meeting Place

One of the best-kept East Bay secrets is Joaquin Miller Community Center. Nestled among the majestic redwoods is the rustic 8,500 square foot one-story gathering hall graced with stained-glass windows, varied meeting rooms, and sweeping views of the Bay from its expansive, wrap-around deck.
The spacious foyer of the building features stained-glass windows and direct access to the outdoor decks. Its generous size can host large standing groups with plenty of space to circulate. The entrance area is anchored by an alcove with a hand-crafted ceramic fireplace. The space beautifully accommodates intimate gatherings.
A separate office and cloakroom are located nearby. The main assembly hall, with its expansive Bay views opening onto the deck, accommodates 160 seated and up to 300 standing guests. A wall divider can separate this large hall into two smaller meeting areas, if requested.
Three separate conference rooms hold up to 12 tables, and are ideal for corporate conferences, retreats, private parties, educational workshops, employee trainings, and other group activities.
A modern commercial kitchen provides the perfect staging area for catering everything from simple snacks and lunches to elaborate buffets and dinner menus.

Key Features


Assembly Rooms (2)
Per Room:
80 Banquet Style
90 Theater Style
150 Standing
130 Banquet Style with small dance area
160 Banquet Style without dance area
175 Theater Style
Conference Rooms
1 Conference Room with 3 Breakout Rooms

You  may hire a caterer from the Non-Exclusive Approved Catering List or choose the non-catered option. If you choose the non-catered option, you must comply with the Caterers Opt-Out Regulations and Expectations and pay the additional Caterers Opt-Out fee.

Print out of Caterer List: Click Here

Please contact any of these caterers as you prepare for your exciting event.

Ample parking is available.

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We cordially invite you to celebrate your special private event or your next business meeting at an Oakland Parks and Recreation rental venue.

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Rental Fees (The minium rental requirement and deposit are required when the facility is reserved 31 days in advance.)