Open Space

4444 East Avenue

Sunday - Saturday
7:00 am - Sunset
Ranger Office
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
Robert Livermore Community Center
Camp Shelly Reservations
Robert Livermore Community Center
Livermore Police Department
Livermore Police Animal Control
LARPD Open Space

Important Message:

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Based on guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the current Health Officer Order, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is offering limited camp and program opportunities. All indoor facility rentals have been cancelled until further notice. Keep in mind that this is an ongoing event and program offerings and dates are subject to change. 

During this time, our parks and open spaces remain OPEN!  Parks and open spaces are an essential resource for public health and wellness. While we are staying away from many activities and public places, parks and open spaces provide access to nature, fresh air, sunshine, and enough room for everyone to move around during these uncertain times. NOTE: The following park amenities remain CLOSED to the public due to the Health Order: Playgrounds and play structures, picnic areas, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, bocce ball,  BMX bike courses. Synthetic turf fields are available by permit only.

Community members may call our main office at 925-373-5700 Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or visit our COVID-19 News and Information website for information on the most current updates. Visit our Virtual Activity Guide for a current listing of camps and programs offered through LARPD. All camps and programs follow Health Officer guidelines and safety protocol, and participants may be subject to a health screen prior to entering the program. 

Requirements While Utilizing Parks and Open Spaces

  • Pack-in, Pack-out your garbage and recyclables - There are reduced service levels due to employee restrictions based on the public health order.
  • You MUST keep a minimum of six (6) feet between you and other park visitors at all times. 
  • Have a face mask with you at all times to use in case you are unable to maintain a minimum of six (6) feet distance from others.
  • Practice safe trail etiquette as we are experiencing higher than normal numbers of visitors to our open space parks.
  • To avoid overcrowding, we suggest visiting the park on less crowded days or times, or taking a walk in your neighborhood.
  • The park may close at anytime due to overcrowding to ensure visitors are able to maintain the required six (6) feet of physical distance from other, or fire danger.
  • "High touch" amenities such as play structures are closed and prohibited from use.
  • Bring your own Mutt Mitt and clean up after your pet. We no longer provide them in the dispensers.
  • Be mindful if choosing to utilize restrooms and use at your own risk.
  • Practice healthy hand washing habits using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds as required by the public health Order.

Mutt Mitt Notification

Open Spaces in Livermore

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District operates four (4) open space parks: Sycamore Grove, Holdener Park, Garaventa Wetland Perserves, and Brushy peak, as well as the open space trails, and the glorious Camp Shelly. We coordinate and conduct nature and environmental education, interpretive programs and outdoor nature activities, and district-wide security and safety services. Our open space parks allow you to explore nature right in your own backyard. Sycamore Grove Park is highly accessible yet large and ecologically diverse enough to immerse yourself in nature. Get up, get out, and explore with the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.

*We will no longer be restocking mutt mitts in the parks. Please remember to bring your own mutt mitt and dispose of your pet waste in an appropriate receptacle to help keep our parks clean.

Mutt Mitt Notification

Valley Wilds Newsletter

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Sycamore Grove Photography Permit

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District requires commercial photographers to have a permit when taking photographs within Sycamore Grove Park. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-serve bases Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. There is a minimum of 48 hours processing for all application request; excluding weekends. Applicants are required to pay a $50 fee along with submitting the application for processing. Permits include two parking passes and access to Sycamore Grove Park on the reserved date from 7:00am to sunset (unless otherwise noted on the permit). For more information contact the District at  

Sycamore Grove Photography Application

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