LARPD Foundation


Foundation Mission

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.

Wine Down In The Grove Fundraiser - Saturday, May 21, 2022

The LARPD Foundation is hosting a 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 allowing them the opportunity to join in LARPD programs such as summer camps, swim lessons, and senior activities.

Each ticket sold funds one more 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 provide scholarships for more families, children, and seniors throughout Livermore.

In addition to supporting this valuable program, your ticket will welcome you to an afternoon in the beautiful Sycamore Grove Park. You will have the unique opportunity to enjoy wine and beer tastings in the park paired with delectable snacks and desserts from local favorites, along with music and a silent auction. LARPD Rangers will be on-site to share the local natural history of the area.


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!


About LARPD Foundation

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.

Foundation Successes

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.

Community Support Program: In 2019-20, the LARPD Foundation funded the Community Support Program with $6,000 allowing 79 individuals (72 children and 7 seniors) the ability to participate in summer camps, swim lessons, classes, and programs.

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.

Mailed Donations:

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. 


Amazon Smile:

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3. Choose Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Foundation as your charity.

4. Start shopping!

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Commemorative Donations

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. This program is temporarily on hold. If you are interested in adding your name to the waiting list, please contact Jill Kirk at

Memorial Donation FAQs


Josefina, Community Support Program Parent

“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.”

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Meet The Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Foundation is seeking committed new members. If you want to learn more, please send an email to Steve Goodman at If you are interested in applying please complete this application and return it to: LARPD Foundation, PO Box 3403, Livermore, CA  94551.

Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman has been a Livermore resident for over 60 years. Steve attended Livermore Schools from K-12 and is a former LARPD employee and Board member. Steve is now retired and enjoys being a grandpa, volunteering and fishing.

Bill Whalen
  Vice President

Bill Whalen feels blessed to call Livermore his hometown since 1962. He attended Livermore Schools from K-12; and with his wife, Dawn, has raised two daughters, Samantha and Sarah, who completed their K-12 education in Livermore as well. Retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after 31 years, Bill enjoys swimming, walking and riding his bicycle on the myriad of 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".

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Jill Fracisco

Multicultural, creative sports executive, with extensive experience in event logistics and generating revenue.  Jill has been active in the development of youth in sports and their participation in, especially through the sport of 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

Evan Branning

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.

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Nicole Martinez

Nicole Martinez is a Livermore resident who grew up in the Bay Area. She has an MBA in business marketing and enjoys being involved in initiatives and projects that benefit the community. For fun, she loves engaging in the wonderful city amenities and events with her husband and dog.

 Stacey Swanson

Stacey is a lifelong Tri Valley resident, mother, grandmother, retired sales professional/business owner and is happy to call Livermore home since 2009. Stacey is proud to have served our community as Founder of the North Livermore Community Alliance, helping to protect 85 acres of Open Space from development on the old Springtown Golf Course and opening up the land for casual recreational use by all of our neighbors. She enjoys hiking with our 11 year plus Livermore Hiking Group, camping and traveling with her husband of 43 years and family, learning more about our City government as a graduate of the “Keys to the City” program, supporting Open Heart Kitchen with a benefit showing of “Walking the Camino, Six Ways to Santiago” at the Vine Theater, supporting our parks and open spaces by sponsorship of Arroyo Creek Clean up Site #9 since 2016, and as a Donor/Member of East Bay Regional Parks Foundation and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.

Stacey Kenison

A life-long Bay Area resident, Stacey Kenison has been a resident 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 where she advocated 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

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 Livemore resident since 1992.