To improve the quality of life throughout the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District through advocacy, collaboration, and financial assistance, primarily focused on providing recreation opportunities for the underserved and enhancing parks and open space.
Thank You - Wine Down In The Grove Fundraiser
The LARPD Foundation held its first annual fundraiser in Sycamore Grove Park to advance our community support program. This program is vital to the Livermore community, providing financial assistance to those in need and allowing them the opportunity to join in LARPD programs such as summer camps, swim lessons, and senior activities.
Each ticket sold will fund one scholarship providing a child the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill, experience the beauty of nature, or allow a senior the chance to grow their community. It is only with your support that we can grow this program. So many of our neighbors miss out on these amazing opportunities and with your support, the LARPD Foundation will be able to double its contribution to the program to allow for more families, children, and seniors throughout Livermore.
Introducing the LARPD Foundation Membership Program
The LARPD Foundation is launching a membership program to support and build our community through quality care, scholarships, science camps, and senior activities.
Member benefits include exclusive member events, Sycamore Grove parking pass discounts, passes and discounts at the Robert Livermore Aquatic Center and Cafe, and more!
Established in 1993, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District created the LARPD Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The LARPD Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees who generously donate their time, expertise, and passionate advocacy of the importance in having a strong Parks and Recreation presence within our community.
Community Support Program: The LARPD Foundation funds the Community Support Program annually with $6,000 allowing 79 individuals (72 children and 7 seniors) the ability to participate in summer camps, swim lessons, classes, and programs. There are plans to more than double that contribution in 2022.
We have reached our goal of $15,000 for the Spring Campaign. The LARPD Foundation is partnering with CHEF (Community Health and Education Foundation and they will match an additional 1 dollar (up to $5,000) for every 2 dollars (up to $10,000) donated.
Science Camp Pop-up Tents: Purchased pop-up tents for the Open Space Science camp to continue through the rainy season and provide shade for summer programs.
ESS Air Purifiers: Purchased 22 Air Purifiers for ESS Classrooms to help keep students and staff safe through the cold months. THANK YOU NOTE FROM ESS
Staff Thank-You Cookies: A thank you for all the hard work during 2020 to the staff for keeping things running. LARPD Foundation offered a sweet treat from Campbell's Bakeshop to all the staff.
Bike Repair Station at Sunken Gardens Skate Park: Partnered with Superfly Wheels Bike Shop, LARPD, and the Livermore Bike Park Facebook Group to install a new Bike Repair Station at Sunken Gardens Skate Park. (Video Below)
Virtual Programming Equipment: Awarded grant from East Bay Community Energy to fund equipment to enhance virtual programming during COVID-19 and beyond with microphones, lighting, tri-pods, and more. See some of the work at the LARPD Youtube Channel.
Bird Guide: Funded Birds of Sycamore Grove Field Guide
Sycamore Grove Trail Map: Funded Sycamore Grove Trail Maps
Senior Holiday Luncheon: Financially support the Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon to keep price point affordable for seniors while providing a classy, high-quality experience.
Memorial Bench, Tree, and Picnic Table Program: Facilitated 44 memorial benches (since 1998) and 66 memorial trees (since 1991) throughout our Livermore Area parks and open space with several more trees, benches, and picnic tables preparing for installation.
Ways To Donate
The Foundation actively seeks donations and volunteers to help support recreation programs and services throughout the District. Your generous donation is a meaningful investment and has an everlasting positive impact on our community.
Your generous donation is a meaningful investment and has an everlasting positive impact on our community. DONATE
Financial donations are made payable to LARPD Foundation and may be mailed to P.O. Box 3403, Livermore, California 94551. You may also donate to the Foundation through Amazon Smile by clicking the link below.
CarEasy Car Donation Program
Vehicle Donations are a unique and impactful giving option that helps the LARPD Foundation support our mission. Your unwanted car, truck, boat, motorcycle, SUV or even plane can be accepted as a donation. Your generosity qualifies for a tax deduction and we’ll do all the heavy lifting. The pick-up is free and we’ll schedule it during a time that’s convenient for you.
Call 855-500-RIDE (7433) now or click the button below to donate your car.
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The LARPD Foundation accepts donations to continue its mission to provide services, programs, and facilities to those who could not otherwise afford to participate or have the opportunity to learn, play and explore in a healthy environment. To request a memorial bench, tree, or picnic table, please contact Eileen Lazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My family is grateful for the LARPD program. This help was was very useful because it helps pay for programs for my children and to qualify at a low cost. Because in this country we have a lot of bills to pay and with this program, our children have more opportunity to participate in the programs in our community. The truth is it is not only useful for me; it’s useful for many families.”
Mi familia esta agredicida por el programa LARPD fue muy util esta ayuda por que ayuda a pagar programas. A mis hijos y poder calificar para estas becas a bajo costo por que la verdad Si ayuda a uno por que este pais tiene uno muchos billes que pagar y has: nuestros hijos tienen mas oportunidad de buscar mas actividades en nuestra comunidad y pues la verdad no nada mas a mi es utili sino a muchas familias mas."
Malinalli, Community Support Program Parent
“I would like to thank LARPD for all the programs they offer especially to the Latino community. My son and daughter are very happy for the classes they have been taking. These classes help them be more independent. Thank you, I really appreciate everything you are doing.”
“Quiero agrudecer a LARPD por los programas que nos ofrecen y en especial a la comunidad Latina. Mi hijo esta muy contento por las clases que ha tomado y mi hija tambien, les ha hecho mucho bien porgue se hacer mus independientes. Muchas grucias por todo se los agradezco de Coruzon.”
The Foundation is seeking committed new members. If you want to learn more, please email email@example.com. If you are interested in applying, please complete this application and return it to LARPD Foundation, PO Box 3403, Livermore, CA 94551.
Bill Whalen feels blessed to call Livermore his hometown since 1962. He attended Livermore Schools from K-12, and with his wife, Dawn, he has raised two daughters, Samantha and Sarah, who also completed their K-12 education in Livermore. Retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after 31 years, Bill enjoys swimming, walking, and riding his bicycle on various routes and trails throughout Livermore. Bill is honored to work with the talented members of the LARPD Foundation and give back to the community we call "home."
Jill Fracisco Treasurer
Multicultural, creative sports executive with extensive experience in event logistics and generating revenue. Jill has been active in developing youth in sports and their participation, especially through soccer on a global stage. Through generations of the Fracisco Family in the Livermore Valley and their active participation in the community and the Arts, Jill hopes to continue her family legacy, serving on the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Foundation, assisting senior community members with funding of planned projects as well as actively looking for opportunities to assist local children and pets in need for safe areas to play and exercise.
Evan Branning Trustee
Evan Branning is a local activist and loves the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Among other activities, Evan currently serves on the LARPD Foundation, the City Human Services Commission and the County Public Health Commission. His main focus is to improve access and utilization of open spaces and parks. He believes everyone should get a chance to enjoy Livermore's beautiful scenery and amazing activities.
Jamie Lewis grew up in the Bay Area and has been a Livermore resident since 2013. Jamie is an avid supporter of the community and small businesses in Livermore. Her and her family enjoy spending time on the weekends in the local parks hiking and biking as well as frequenting the Livermore restaurants.
Stacey Kenison Trustee
A lifelong Bay Area resident, Stacey Kenison has been a resident of Livermore since 2009. She has worked in the Parks and Recreation industry for over 20 years and hopes to bring her passion for community service to the LARPD Foundation and give back to the community she loves. She served on the California Park & Recreation Society District 3 Board of Directors for 8 years, advocating for the many benefits of utilizing parks, open spaces, facilities, recreation programs, and services. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys spending time outdoors walking her dogs, hiking, and camping with her husband and two daughters.
Maryalice Summers Faltings Board Liaison
Maryalice Faltings was first elected to the LARPD Board of Directors in 1994. She volunteers at various Livermore Area Recreation and Park District events, has taught a performing class for the Extended Student Services program, is a parks user, and takes classes with the District. Maryalice is now retired from a background in parks and recreation, historic preservation and church administration. She enjoys history, theater, traveling and reading. Maryalice has been a Livermore resident since 1992.