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"We do not quit playing because we grow old,

We grow old because we quit playing."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes


The mission of the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is to provide the people of the Livermore area with outstanding recreation programs and a system of parks, trails, recreation areas and facilities that promote enjoyment, lifelong learning and healthy active lifestyles.

hiking trail

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is a multifaceted agency that was created in 1947 by a vote of the public. It provides recreation and parks for the 245-square-mile area bounded by Contra Costa County to the north, San Joaquin County to the east, Santa Clara County to the south and the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin to the west. The LARPD boundaries are very similar to those of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD).

LARPD is governed by a five-person, elected Board of Directors, each of whom serves a four-year term.

The agency provides 29 neighborhood parks ranging from two to 12 acres in size; three community parks with such amenities as an equestrian center and rodeo grounds, new synthetic turf sports fields; four open space parks totaling 1,360 acres; 10 special-use parks; and seven dog parks. Rental facilities include the Robert Livermore Community Center; Ravenswood Historic Site; Carnegie Building; Veterans Building; The Barn; May Nissen Swim Center; group picnic areas at May Nissen, Independence, Robert Livermore and Sycamore Grove parks; the equestrian center; and all-weather ball fields.

LARPD provides school-aged child care to youth at all 10 LVJUSD elementary schools. After-school programs are offered at all four middle schools.
Preschool is available for children from as young as 6 months.

The District is also the provider of community classes, youth and adult sports, aquatics, environmental education, and senior services and special events throughout the year.

As part of a joint bond measure with the City of Livermore and the LVJUSD, LARPD built a $27 million community center at Robert Livermore Park on East Avenue at Loyola Way. The 71,000-square-foot facility includes a senior center, numerous meeting and activity rooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a 500+ seat ballroom/banquet room and two outdoor pools. The facility opened in March 2005.

The independent special district’s 2016-2017 operating budget is $20,175,344. The 2016-15 capital improvement budget is $1,975,136. The bulk of the money comes from program fees, property taxes and a special tax. The agency also obtains money through the City of Livermore’s parkland dedication or in-lieu fees for new park development.

LARPD Goals for 2017-2018 (adopted by the Board 6-28-17)

Download the Alameda LAFCo 2013 LARPD Municipal Service Review and Sphere of Influence Resolution and Boundary Maps


Find LARPD on the California Special Districts Association Map of Independent Special Districts


View the District Organizational Chart


View the Quick Facts page for more info on LARPD!