The city of Berkeley is asking for public input via an online survey on proposed changes to the Civic Center area.

The city is looking at possible uses and improvements at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, as well as the adjacent Veterans Memorial Building and the Maudelle Shirek Building, which is otherwise known as “Old City Hall.”

An open house was held in November and the online survey is available until Jan. 5. City officials say it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Civic Center Park, located a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, was created after Berkeley voters in 1940 passed a bond measure to acquire the property. It hosts various festivals, a farmers’ market every Saturday morning, and has a playground and an electrically illuminated fountain.

City officials plan to use the public input to select a preferred design concept and funding plan by next summer, with construction planned to start in 2026.

People can receive project updates by emailing with the subject line: “Please add me to Civic Center Vision Plan Project mailing list.”

Dan McMenamin is the managing editor at Bay City News, directing daily news coverage of the 12-county greater Bay Area. He has worked for BCN since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, including coaching of our interns, day-to-day coverage decisions and management of the newswire.