Recreation of all kinds is in abundant supply for Livermore residents and visitors. The Livermore area is served by two park districts – the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).
Recreation and Park District
This independent special district is separate from the City of Livermore and operates more than 40 parks, trails and facilities for outdoor and indoor fun. Residents have access to 33 neighborhood parks offering features such as playgrounds, multi-use open turf areas, practice sports fields, picnic areas, walking paths, basketball courts, tennis courts and dog parks. Three community parks provide a broad range of recreational opportunities that draw people from throughout Livermore and beyond. Community parks contain sports fields, swimming pools and group picnic areas and serve as locations for special events.
Special-use parks and facilities serve citizens looking for everything from sports fields, event rentals and meeting spaces to a skate park and an equestrian arena. The great outdoors are also easily accessible with the district’s open space parks and preserves. Hiking, biking and ranger-led programs can be enjoyed in open space parks such as Sycamore Grove Park. The district also operates Camp Shelly, a family campground in South Lake Tahoe.
The district coordinates with the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District to provide before- and after-school licensed child care programs for elementary and middle school students. LARPD’s youth services also provides preschool classes at six locations in the community.
Many classes and programs are offered year-round for a variety of interests and age groups. The Robert Livermore Community Center on East Avenue serves as the hub for recreational fun. The 71,000-square-foot center includes the senior center, meeting and activity rooms, a double gymnasium, large event ballroom and two outdoor pools.
To learn more about the park district’s many community contributions, visit www.larpd.org, call (925) 373-5700 or visit the Robert Livermore Community Center at 4444 East Ave.
East Bay Regional Park District
This park district is also an independent special district, and is a regional park system serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. EBRPD has 65 regional parks in its system, including several in the Livermore Valley: Del Valle, Brushy Peak, Pleasanton Ridge and Shadow Cliffs. Many of its parks feature recreations areas, wilderness, and preserves; park and inter-regional trail systems; and areas for swimming, boating, fishing and camping. To learn more about the park district system, visit www.ebparks.org.