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.