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Holdener Park

Blue Dicks Blooming at Holdener
Holdener Oaks Shooting star blooming at Holdener

Quick Facts
Size: 55 acres
Location: 2995 Hansen Road. Parking area is located by the water towers.
Days: 365 days a year (unless closed for hazardous conditions)
Amenities/Facilities: Small parking lot, and the South Livermore Valley Trail (a multi-use trail for hiking, bicycle and horseback riding) passes through Holdener Park.

Park Map

holdener canyon

General information
You can reach this park by foot, horse or bicycle on the South Livermore Valley Trail from Arroyo Road or Marina Avenue. You can also park at the parking lot at the end of Hansen Road.

The South Livermore Valley Trail winds past two places where the open space area can be accessed. One is just after the bridge and the other is through a green pedestrian gate. (Look for the trail signs.) Narrow, dirt trails allow park users to explore the canyon and hike to two viewpoints atop the hills. More trails may be added in the future.

This open space area has open grasslands where spring wildflowers make a showy appearance, and small ravines with majestic blue oaks that provide shade.  A variety of insects, mammals, birds and reptiles can be seen here. Look for deer, red tail hawks, great horned owls, a variety of butterflies and western fence lizards!

Notes about the history of Holdener Park

Know before you go

Staging Area There is a small parking lot located at the end of Hansen Road (near the water tanks). No water or restrooms are available.

Access Use of the facility (except for the South Livermore Valley Trail) is restricted to hiking only.

Pets – For the safety of pets, people and wildlife - pets must be leashed at all times while in the park or on the trails.

Trails - Check the trail signs to see which uses are allowed on each trail. Some accommodate bikes, horses and people. Others allow only one or two uses.

Hours – The park is open from 7 a.m. until sunset.

Days of operation – The park is open 365 days a year; however, the upper area may be closed for conditions such as high fire danger that present a possible danger to the public.

Safety – Many visitors have concerns about encountering wild animals such as mountain lions, ticks and rattlesnakes when they visit open space parks. Being aware of how these animals behave and following a few simple rules can keep both you and the wild creatures that live in the park safe.

Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by e-mail.

Find out more
Park Safety – (what to bring, rules to follow, wildlife concerns)
Nature Notes – (learn more about local plants and wildlife)

Environmental Review for Park Improvements
Mitigated Negative Declaration adopted by the Board of Directors on Feb. 24, 2010

Mitigation Project Reports for Chevron Pipe Line Project

2009 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report