Contra Costa County Recreational Programs
East Bay Regional Park District 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605, 510-635-0135.
East Bay Regional Park District manages over 95,000 acres in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties, including 65 regional parks, recreation areas, wilderness, shorelines, preserves and land bank areas. Facilities include 29 regional inter-park trails, 11 freshwater swimming areas, boating and/or stocked fishing lakes and lagoons and a handicapped-accessible swimming pool, 40 fishing docks; 3 bay fishing piers, 235 family campsites;† youth camping areas, 2 golf courses, 9 interpretive & education centers, and 18 children's play areas. The district offers numerous facilities for family and group picnics. 90 percent of the District's lands are protected and operated as natural parklands. Classes and activities are available for all ages, including swimming, summer day camps for children, horseback riding, and camping. Facilities are located in Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Clayton, Crockett, Danville, Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Leandro, San Ramon, Sunol, and Walnut Creek.
Concord Parks and Recreation 2974 Salvio St, Concord CA 94519, 925-671-3404
The Concord Community & Recreation Services Department offers classes and programs for all ages including pre-school, summer day camps, after-school programs, dance, arts & crafts, sports and senior activities. 2 1/2 hour preschool programs for children ages 2-4 are held at Baldwin Park & Concord Centre. Recreational classes for preschoolers include martial arts, bumper bowling, gymboree (fitness, music), gymnastics, dance, cooking, mad science, and parent-child programs. Programs for elementary school children include after school enrichment (at selected elementary schools, activities include hip hop dance, arts & crafts, comic book creations, cooking, chess, gymnastics, acting, basketball, and mad science), as well as arts & crafts, comic book creations, performing arts, cooking, music (guitar, drums), mad science, carpentry, dance, gymnastics, acting, and karate. A Recreational After School Program (RAP) for middle school teens meets at Pine Hollow Middle School. Adult classes include dance, fitness, acting, stand-up comedy, guitar, piano, drums, cooking, meditation, reikl (hands-on healing), and 1-session classes (skin and foot care, interior redesign, home-selling, travel-Hawaii). Most classes meet at Centre Concord or Willow Pass Community Center. Dance and some fitness and martial arts programs meet at Baldwin Park Dance Studio. Lime Ridge Open Space, 3701 Treat Blvd hosts Dog Obedience Training classes. Clean Comedy is the location for acting and stand-up comedy classes. Clayton Valley Bowl sponsors bowling classes/leagues. A variety of programs, including jewelry making, fitness, dance, music (Ukelele), and tai chi classes, auto repair workshop, emeritus college classes, and adult education programs are offered at the Senior Center, located in Baldwin Park. Newhall Park has facilities for children's soccer. El Dorado Middle School offers one-on-one basketball. Golfers can participate in individual, semi-private or group lessons at Diablo Creek Golf Course. Special Recreation programs include holiday gift making, jazz & hip hop dance, disco bowl and parties. Recreational facilities include 4 sports fields/complexes, 2 swimming pools, and 3 tennis court areas. 3 of the 4 sports fields/complexes feature soccer & baseball fields; the fourth, Willow Pass Park Softball Complex, also offers 6 softball fields (4 lighted), multi-use fields for soccer & baseball, and payless batting cages. Of the 2 swimming facilities, Concord Community Pool and Meadow Homes Community Pool, Concord is year round, features 1 & 3 meter diving boards, a 50 meter long course, and lap swimming, and is home to the Terrapin Swim Team. Meadow Homes is seasonal, open in the summer. Both pools offer swim lessons and feature a 25 yard short course and restroom/shower facilities. The 3 tennis facilities, at Concord, Pine Hollow and Willow Pass Parks, collectively feature 17 tennis courts, 6 of which are lighted. 14,000 square foot Concord Skate Park, inside Concord Community Park, is designed for skaters of all ability levels. Concord's parks collectively offer amenities such as walking, jogging and bicycling paths, grass play areas, children's play equipment, picnic tables/areas, barbecue facilities and athletic fields. 16-acre Markham Nature Area, in Markham Park, includes a Nature Study Center used by Mt. Diablo School District and Concord's Backyard Explorers summer day camp, community garden plots, Bud Hansen Wisteria Arbor and the Garden Center headquarters of the Markham Arboretum Society.
City of Antioch Leisure Services P.O. Box 5007 (Mailing) Antioch CA 94531, 925-776-3070
Antioch has an active recreation program. The city's Leisure Services Department provides recreational classes and programs; the Parks and Recreation Department maintains the parks. Recreational facilities include Nick Rodriguez Community Center 213 F St Antioch CA 94531, 925-779-7070, and Prewett Family Park & Center, 4701 Lone Tree Way Antioch CA 94531, 925-776-3070, which collectively house most of the recreational classes and programs. Prewett Family Park & Center features the Antioch Water Park, open during the late Spring, Summer and early Autumn. Nick Rodriguez Community Center houses "Our Theatre", which can seat up to 200 people, and a Multi-Use Room that can accommodate 200 people for banquets, wedding receptions, family reunions, and parties. Other program sites include Antioch Senior Citizens Center, 415 W 2nd St, Antioch Community Park, James Donlon Blvd. & Blythe Dr., Antioch & Park Middle Schools, Antioch High School, Deer Valley High School (across street from Prewett Park), Jack London, John Muir and Lone Tree Elementary Schools, and Williamson Ranch Park, corner of Lone Tree Way & Hillcrest Ave. Antioch Skate Park is located in Prewett Family Park. Lynn House Gallery, 809 1st St, also houses recreational programs and events and Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Rd, has facilities for golfers. Nearly 20 neighborhood parks are located throughout Antioch, collectively featuring BBQ Pits, Group Picnic Areas, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Tot Play Areas, Youth Play Areas, Grass/Landscaping, Horseshoes, Trails/Open Space, Soccer Fields, Softball Fields, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Baseball Fields, Volleyball/Sport Courts and Exercise Courses. Recreational classes/leagues/activities for all ages include seasonal & year round sports, swimming, art, dance, martial arts/self-defense, music (guitar). Teen and/or Adult programs include fitness, yoga, CPR/First aid certification, and financial planning. Child and youth-oriented classes include cheerleading, drama, cooking and tumbling/gymnastics. The Babysitting Safety and Certification class is open to ages 10 & above. Parent-child classes, such as Baby Signs Sign, Say & Play, and Mommy & Me, are offered. Preschool classes include Discovery Time Preschool for ages 3-5 and Building Blocks Preschool, a PK program for ages 4-5 1/2. On the other end of the age spectrum, Antioch Senior Citizens Center offers recreation, socialization, information, and specialized services for seniors, including Arts & Crafts, Music, Quilting,† Duplicate Bridge, Cards,† Billiards,† Trips,† Monthly Pot Lucks,† Peer Counseling,† Bowling,† Art Workshop,† Bingo,† Cribbage Club, Tai Chi, Exercise Stretch & Movement, Tap Dance, Chip & Putt Program, Computer Classes, Informational Seminars (Financial Planning, Health),† Simple Wills & Legal Advice, Blood Pressure Checks, 55 Alive Driving Course, and Health Insurance Counseling.
Richmond Parks & Recreation 3230 MacDonald Ave Richmond CA 94804 510-620-6793
Recreational facilities in Richmond include the Richmond Recreation Complex (510-620-6795), which houses Recreation Dept offices; Booker T. Anderson Community Center, 3230 MacDonald Ave, 510-620-6795; Martin Luther King Community Center, 360 Harbour Way South, 510-620-6821; Richmond Senior Center, 2525 MacDonald Ave, 510-307-8085; and Richmond Annex Senior Center, 5801 Huntington Ave, 510-620-6812. Classes and activities meet at all of these locations. Recreation programs and classes are offered for Richmond residents of all ages. Youth programs include Aquatics, Tennis, and an After-school program. Aqua Tots focuses on infants & toddlers with parent and child participation in guided water activities. The Youth Aquatics program offers swimming lessons at the Richmond Swim Center for children/youth of all ability levels. Tennis instruction is available for preschoolers through the "Little Tennis Program" and for older children/youth at Nicholl Park. A certified United States Professional Tennis Association Instructor accommodates ability levels from beginning through intermediate. The Youth Sports program provides instruction, focusing on basic skills enhancement, in a variety of sports, and includes seasonal sports clinics and leagues. The After School program, which runs from 2:30-5:30 PM, offers a supervised recreational & enrichment program; activities include homework help, arts & crafts, active sports and after-school excursions. Adults can participate in the adult fitness program, which features a workout area with exercise bikes, treadmills, fitness machines, and free weights. Facilities are located at the Richmond Recreation Complex and both of the community centers. Enrollment is on a continuous monthly basis, at a cost of $10/month. Richmond's 2 senior community centers offer a variety of educational, social, recreational, nutritional, and human service programs for adults ages 55 and older, including daily exercise programs, art classes, nutritional lunch program, massage therapy, ballroom dancing, tai chi, country western line dancing, bingo, tap dancing, tango, swing dance, and game room activities like billiards, gin rummy, and bridge. Health services include HICAP Counseling and Blood Pressure Screening. Home Repair Programs for Low Income, Senior, or Disabled Residents are available (510-307-8140 for info). The Richmond Senior Center hosts a monthly Sunday Tea Dance. Both centers offer monthly Birthday celebrations, special events and Casino Trips to various Northern California and Nevada casinos.
Walnut Creek Recreation Division 301 N San Carlos Dr Walnut Creek CA 94598 925-943-5838
Recreational facilities in Walnut Creek include the Heather Farm Community Center, which houses Recreation Division offices and many of the recreational classes and activities. Adult programs include dance, cooking, health & fitness, and personal enrichment classes, Heather Farm and Civic Parks both host a preschool for children ages 2 1/2-4. The Civic Park Preschool offers one class that runs from 9:30-12:30; Heather Farm offers 4 sessions. 2 sessions are available for ages 2 1/2, and run from 9:00-10:30 AM or 11:00-12:30. The 3-year old class meets from 9:00-11:30 and the 4-year old class from 12:30-3:30. Other preschool classes include adventures with toddlers (nature outings), cooking, gymnastics, ice skating, dance, Spanish, karate, science, playgroup, and tours for tots. School age activities include chess, ski & snowboard, cooking, computer game creation, ice hockey, martial arts, carpentry, acting, spectrum of science classes, the Kidz Love Soccer program, and Lindsay Science & Nature at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Adult classes and workshops include dance, cooking, arts & crafts, health & fitness, martial arts, sports, and personal enrichment/special interest classes, such as bicycle safety, color & wardrobe planning, dog obedience, interior redesign, patents & products workshop, rules of the road class, and traffic school. Teen Classes include Babysitting. Aquatics classes include swimming competitive stroke, Red Cross Lifeguard training, and WSI. Class locations include the Academy of Martial Arts, Arbolado Park, Borges Ranch, Boundary Oak Municipal Golf Course, Civic Park, Clarke Swim Center, Clayton Valley Bowl, Clean Comedy, Club Sport, Color & Image Studio, Dublin Iceland, El Divisadero Park, Encore Gymnastics, Foothill Community Gym, Larkey Park, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Moksha Yoga Shala, Rudgear Park, SOLAD Dance Center, and Tai Chi Center of Mt Diablo. Classes also meet at local elementary and middle schools, and various other offsite locations. Leisure and recreational activities are available that are designed specifically for the developmentally disabled, including Two Saturday Trips each Month, Monthly Dinner Outings, Monthly Dances (ages 18 and over), and Weekly Activities for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs, such as an indoor sports league, karate, and a Summer Day Camp.
Pittsburg Recreation Dept. 65 Civic Ave Pittsburg CA 94565 925-252-4842
The Recreation Department offers a diversified, year-round recreation program. Activities for all ages include sports, golf, swimming, karate & self-defense, dance, music, bowling, art, parent-child and special interest classes such as a notary public class for adults. Elementary school children can participate in the Summer Playground Program, a supervised drop-in program that includes games, sports, contests, arts and crafts, weekly field trips and free hot lunch through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Site locations for this program are Buchanan Park, Stoneman Park, Central Park, and Heights Elementary School (PM only). Excursions are also offered for children to such sites as Lawrence Hall of Science, Six Flags Marine World, Jelly Belly Factory, and Water World USA. Teens can participate in the Pittsburg Summer Youth Corp. Facilities and class locations for all programs include Pittsburg Community Center, 2020 Railroad Ave, 925-439-4156; Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane, 925-439-4001; Small World Park, 2551 Harbor St, 925-439-4879; Sullenberger Swim Center, 4150 Harbor St, 925-439-4841, Buchanan Park, 4150 Harbor St; Delta Ballet Academy in Antioch (Children's Ballet), and Delta Bowl in Antioch, 3300 Delta Fair Blvd, 925-252-4841, Delta View Golf Course, 2232 Golf Club Rd, 925-439-4040, Heights Elementary School, 163 West Blvd, Stoneman Park, 790 W. Leland Rd, Central Park, Pittburg/Antioch Highway. Small World Park is a seasonal park, open from April through October.
Danville Recreation Services 420 Front St Danville CA 94526 925-314-3477
Recreational facilities in Danville include15 parks that collectively feature Barbecue Pits, Picnic Tables/Benches, Group Picnic Areas, Restrooms/Portable Toilets, Tot Play Areas, Youth Play Areas, Horseshoes, Exercise Courses, Trails/Open Space, Grass/Landscaping, Baseball, Softball & Soccer Fields, Basketball & Volleyball Courts and Park Buildings. Danville Library, 400 Front St; Community Center, 420 Front St; Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St; Village Theater, 233 Front St, Veterans Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Ave; Hap Magee-Magee House, Swain House, Cottage-1025, 7, & 9 La Gonda Way, respectively, and Oak Hill Park Building, 3005 Stone Valley Rd collectively offer Seating (Assembly & with Tables), Tables/Chairs, P.A. System, Kitchen, Restrooms, Assembly Room, Meeting Rooms, Stages, Bandstands, Lounges, Screens, and Patios. Hap Magee Ranch Park also has a dog park called the Canine Corral (closed for seasonal maintenance until March 1, 2007). Recreational programs for all ages include Sports, Aquatics, Cooking, Dance, and Arts & Crafts. Activities for children & youth include Gymnastics; babies, toddlers & preschoolers can participate in Tumbling, Mini-Engineers, Baby Signs, Terrific 2s, 3s, 4s, Tours for Tots, Mommy & Me Gymnastics and Bumper Bowling classes. After-school Enrichment classes, such as Guitar, are offered for school age children and youth, as well as Taekwondo, Karate, Mad Science & NASA, Winter Break Camp, VIP Youth Volleyball Camp, Carpentry, Acting, Singing, and Tennis programs. A babysitting course is also offered, along with Teen Spanish (semi-private tutoring). Student Union, a free drop-in program for ages 10-14, meets at Diablo Vista, Charlotte Wood, and Los Cerros Middle Schools. Adult activities focus largely on fitness programs, including Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, enrichment classes such as French, Spanish, and Guitar, workshops/seminars on topics such as Interior Re-Design, Investment and Estate Planning. Programs specifically for senior citizens include AARP Driver Safety, Buzz Sessions (Seminars on various topics), Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP), Yoga, Movies, Senior Games and Senior Sneakers (Trips). CPR for adults and First Aid classes are offered for ages 12 & up. Recreation Activities for the Developmentally Disabled program (R.A.D.D.) offers dances, dinner, movies and bowling for individuals age 15 & up. The R.A.D.D. program is geared to individuals who can function independently with a 1:6 staff to participant ratio, but others are welcome with a personal aide.
Recreational activities are important to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all abilities.† R.A.D.D. is the perfect opportunity
Class locations include Hap Magee Ranch Park (Magee House, Swain House), Studio 8, 34 Alamo Square, Suite B in Alamo (Gymnastics & Dance), Community Center (Art Room, Lounge, Las Trampas Room, Valley Oak Room), Veterans Memorial Hall (Main Hall, Upstairs Meeting Room), Sycamore Valley Park (Soccer Field 3), Los Cerritos Middle School (Community Gym), Tao Sports, 462 Hartz Ave, 925-831-3188, The Clean Comedy Company, 2363 Boulevard Circle, Suite 106 in Walnut Creek (Show Biz Kids classes), Osage Station Park (Tennis Court A, Playground), Los Serros Middle School (Sides A, B, Community Gym), Charlotte Wood Middle School, Library (Mt Diablo Room), Diablo Vista Middle School, Town Meeting Hall (Auditorium), and Diablo Vista Park (Tennis Court 1), San Ramon Valley High School Pool, 9900 Broadmoor Dr (California High School) in San Ramon, 925-973-3240 and Monte Vista Community Pool.
San Ramon Parks & Recreation 12501 Alcosta Blvd San Ramon CA† 94583 925-973-3200
San Ramon offers a variety of classes & activities for all ages, including Aquatics, Dance, Cooking, Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Acting/Improvisation, Enrichment/Special Interest, Music, Martial Arts, and Sports. Tumbling/Gymnastics is offered for children from preschool age on up. Three AM Preschool programs are available to youngsters, meeting at each of the community centers, and at Crow Canyon Gardens. Preschoolers can also participate in Bumper Bowling, Mom's Lunch Out, Fun with Numbers/Letters, Kindergym, Ice Skating, Mad Science (Mini Engineers), and Intro to Spanish. School-age children can participate in a variety of enrichment classes, such as Arts & Crafts, Music, Chess, Lego Engineering, Clay Sculpture, Gymnastics, Mad Science, Essay Writing Lab Critical Reading, Speech & Debate, English Writing Immersion, Mandarin Immersion, Mandarin & Math Immersion, Math Immersion, Mandarin, English Writing & Math Immersion, Digging the Past: Archaeology for Youth, Carpentry, School of Rock and Multi-Sport, offered at local elementary schools in conjunction with the after-school care and summer/holiday camp programs. Instructors for these classes include staff from Berkeley Academics, Youth Delegation, BandWorks, and Spectrum School of Music. Teens classes include Babysitting, Yoga, SAT Prep, and Public Speaking/Speech. Teens can also join "The Loft" program, which meets at Dougherty Station Community Center or the Student Center, which meets at San Ramon Library. Both programs offer services/activities such as Homework Help, Tutoring, Computers, Movies, Video Games, Board Games, and Snacks. A Job Training class for youth ages 14-16 is offered at no charge through the San Ramon Community & Youth Resource Program. Adults can participate in a variety of classes and workshops, including English Made Easy, Conversational Italian, Interior Design, Eliminating Credit Card Debt, Home Selling/Staging, Estate Planning/Living Trusts, CPR/First Aid, Travel-Hawaii, and Parenting. Online Classes available include Travel Writing, Digital Photography, Spanish, Screen Writing, Computer-Intro to EXCEL, Windows XP, Flash MX, WORD, FrontPage, Adobe Frame Maker, Game Industry, Java for the Beginner, Creating Web Pages, SAT Prep, Leadership, Keys to Effective Editing, Marketing your Business on the Internet, Learn to Buy & Sell on EBay, Marketing your Nonprofit, Women & Finances, Paying for College 101, and The Facts on Adjustable Mortgages. Senior programs meet at the Senior Center and include Low-Impact Aerobics, Toning w/weights, Arthritis Foundation Exercise, Line Dance, Ballroom Dance, Pinochle, Senior Chorus, Senior Nutrition Program, Express Van Transportation Service, Intro to Computers, 55+ Yoga, Mat Pilates, Card Games, Creative Writing, Chinese Karaoke, Bridge, Painting, and Tutoring. Therapeutic Recreation programs, for individuals ages 5-29 with disabilities, include Afternoon Bowling, and Friday Night Crafts & Games. Class/program locations include Dougherty Station Community Center (DSCC), 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd, 925-973-3350, San Ramon Community Center (SRCC), 12501 Alcosta Blvd, 925-973-3200-in Central Park, Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd, 925-973-3250, Crow Canyon Gardens, 105 Park Place, 925-973-3282, San Ramon Olympic Pool & Aquatic Park, 9900 Broadmoor Dr, 925-973-3240 (at California High School), Pine Valley Gym, 3000 Pine Valley Rd, Iron Horse Gym, 12701 Alcosta Blvd, Golden Skate, 2701 Hooper Dr, 925-820-2525, Diablo Gymnastics, Dublin Iceland, San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St, 925-973-2850, various San Ramon Union School District Schools (elementary schools for after-school care & enrichment classes for children, California High School for tennis, mentoring & SAT Prep). Pine Valley and Iron Horse Gyms are co-sponsored with the school district, those programs there are scheduled in the evenings & on the weekends. Recreational facilities in San Ramon include 41 parks that collectively feature tennis, basketball, volleyball & bocce ball courts, baseball/softball and soccer fields, playground areas, picnic tables, access to walking/hiking trails and restrooms. Some of the courts and sports fields are lighted.
Martinez Recreation & Community Services 525 Henrietta St Martinez CA 94553, 925-372-3510
Martinez Recreation Division provides activities, classes, sports and cultural programs for all ages. Sports camps for youth are offered during the summer. Adult Classes include piano, belly dance, and low-impact fitness. Recreational facilities include Rankin Park Pool, Martinez Senior Community Center, 818 Green St, Golden Hills Community Room, and 17 developed parks collectively featuring playground areas, ball fields, tennis, bocce, grass volleyball and basketball courts (some lighted), picnic areas, restrooms, bike racks, grassy areas, open space and trails/pathways (some lighted). Waterfront Park, at 150 acres the city's largest facility, offers a 4-ball field complex with concessions and restroom, soccer field, picnic areas, playground areas, horse-shoe pits and bocce ball courts, restroom, Marina and fishing pier, as well as a 1200 seat amphitheater and a skateboard park. 41-acre Rankin Park, 100 Buckley St features a gazebo and houses a swimming and diving complex (Martinez Community Swimming Pool) consisting of a kiddie pool, shallow depth lap pool and a diving tank, all heated, and open during the summer for recreational swim, lap swimming, aerobics, swim lessons and pool parties. Martinez Community Swim Team, 925-372-7946/SWIM (ages 4-18) also makes use of the facility. 26-acre Hidden Lakes Park offers a sand volleyball court, jogging track, tot play areas, concession building and parking lot, along with a 2-mile pathway to 16-acre Hidden Valley Park, which features bicycle/jogging paths and a 1-mile exercise course. Morello School Park, 224 Morello Park Dr, 925-228-8715, hosts a Day Care/Pre-school Facility (Lasting Impressions). Plaza Ignacio Park, directly across from City Hall, offers benches, Spanish fountain, tile plaza and raised flower beds and Susana Street Park features a performing stage. Martinez Senior Center offers a variety of activities such as fitness classes, dance, and arts & crafts; services such as nutrition, health screenings & counseling, legal consulting, information & referral, Alzheimer's respite, tours, special events and volunteer opportunities and sends a monthly newsletter/calendar to all members of the center ($7 annual membership fee). Karate & Tai Chi classes for youth also meet at Martinez Senior Center. In Motion Dance Center, 835 Arnold Dr, Suite 5 & Studio A, 2245 Morello Ave in Pleasant Hill are the locations for dance classes. Encore Classes, 999 Bancroft Rd in Concord, offers tumbling and gymnastics. T-Ball meets at Brandon Borman Field, Paddock Bowl, 5915 Pacheco Blvd, hosts bowling leagues & activities and a Babysitters Workshop meets at Martinez City Hall. A Flag Football league for grade-school aged children, is offered after-school, with practice at various elementary schools and games at Morello Park Elementary.
Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District 147 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill CA 94523 925-682-0896
Recreational facilities in Pleasant Hill include 10 parks, which collectively feature children's play structures, sand volleyball courts, ball fields, picnic areas, and benches. Frank Salfingere Park features a large gazebo popular for events such as weddings, receptions, parties and business meetings, and is next to the Community Center. Pleasant Hill/Martinez Soccer Association and Pleasant Hill Baseball Association regularly use the facilities at Pleasant Oaks Park. Rodgers Smith Park offers lighted bocce ball courts. Shannon Hills Park features a natural creek, wooden footpath and rolling green lawn. Paso Nogal Dog Park provides 2 off-leash, fenced-in areas, one for small breed dogs and the other for larger breeds. The dog park is next to one of 3 open space areas in Pleasant Hill.
16.5-acre Pleasant Hill Park & Pool is the largest park in the city, features lighted surface courts and houses the Teen Center, Aquatic Park and Sprayground (set to open in May 2007). Recreation programs and classes for all ages include Arts & Crafts, Dance, Sports, Swimming, Martial Arts, Fitness and Music. Preschool classes include Kinder-Kare, Parent-Tot Time, and Tours for Tots, along with a preschool for ages 2-5 (Wee Tot-Age 2, New Horizons-Age 3, PK/JK-Ages 4-6). Summer Camp programs are offered for preschool-high school age children/youth. Youth programs/classes include Babysitter CPR, Chess, Drama, Magic, Educational Enrichment (Kidsteem: Reading, Math & Writing Explorers, Explorers Weekend Workshop, Explorers Parents Night Out), Mad Science, Yoga-Rama, Holiday Camps and Blue Angels Youth Ski & Snowboard. Recreation Job Training is offered for Teens. Adults can participate in Fencing, Yoga, Acupressure Workshops, Baby Signs, Photography, Bird Watching, 1-session Workshops (House Building, Self-Esteem, Career Change, CPR, First Aid, Computer, Couples Communication, Creative Writing, Nutrition, Food Preparation, Psychology of Money, Reading Difficulties-Young Children, Mortgage Secrets, Real Estate Financing, Wills/Estate Planning), Dog Training, Music (Drums, Keyboard), Investing, Retirement Planning, Speechcraft, Home Selling/Staging, and Wine Tasting. Senior activities/classes include Senior Club, Computer, Health/Wellness/Nutrition Services, Bridge, Walking Group, Book Club, Bingo, Hiking Group, Pinochle, Community Chorus, Dance, Tai Chi, Horseshoes, Spanish Resource Group, Holiday Boutique, Arts & Crafts, Weight/Strength Training, and Trips. Online courses are available through the park district. Class Locations include Community Center, 320 Civic Dr (Art Studio, Dance Studio, Wee Tot Room, McHale Room, Upper Club Room, Conference Room, Kitchen, Game Room, Preschool Room), Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, 147 Gregory Lane, College Park H.S. Pool, 201 Viking Dr, Pleasant Hill Education Center, 1 Santa Barbara Rd, 925-906-0432, Buchanan Fields Golf Course, 1091 Concord Ave in Concord, Paddock Bowl, 5915 Pacheco Blvd, Art-Gecko Creative Studio, 1720 Linda Ave. Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Rd, Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill Music Studio, 1200 Contra Costa Blvd.
Note: Pleasant Hill Park District is co-sponsoring the 9th annual Preschool & Parenting Fair (along with the PH/WC Mothers Club), to be held at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr, on Jan. 7, 2007 from 9 AM-Noon, 925-939-6466 for further info.
Brentwood Parks & Recreation 740 3rd St Brentwood CA 94513 925-516-5444
Brentwood operates & maintains nearly 50 parks (including about 15 currently under construction) that collectively feature baseball & soccer fields, basketball, volleyball, bocce & tennis courts, picnic areas, barbecue grills, bike paths, play areas, grass areas, gazebos, benches, shaded areas, trails and restrooms. Veterans Park uniquely features horseshoes. Sunset Park Athletic Complex, 655 Sunset Rd, 925-516-5444, features lighted softball/baseball fields, full-size and competition soccer fields, bleachers, restrooms, drinking fountains and concession stands, picnic areas (some with barbecues), playground, one-mile walking path, equestrian staging area with access to Marsh Creek Trail and parking for 350 cars. Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex, 195 Griffth Lane, 925-516-5430, features 2 pools (including a shallow entry pool), waterslide, ADA accessible benches, a shaded covered area, hydraulic lift, picnic tables, play structures, restroom, and vending machines. The facility is open to adults year round for lap swim during set weekday hours, and used for swim meets, swim team practices, parties and special events. Recreation swim is offered seasonally from late spring through the summer. Heritage High School Aquatic Complex, opened in the spring of 2006 as a joint project between the Liberty Union High School District and the City of Brentwood, Parks & Recreation Department, is a 50 meter Olympic size aquatic facility that is home to several area youth swim organizations. The pool was built exclusively for competitive swimming, with a pool design that allows for either sixteen short course lanes or 8 long course lanes, as well as for two water polo matches to be conducted at the same time. Separate restrooms/locker rooms allow both the school and the Parks & Recreation Department to maintain their own facilities. 18,000 square foot Brentwood Skate Park, 195 Griffith Lane, 925-516-5444 features beginner, intermediate and advanced skate elements, such as rails, bowls, rollers, boxes and ledges and is designed for both Roller blades and Skate boards. Recreational programs for preschoolers consist mainly of sports (Biddy Basketball & Biddy Outdoor Soccer, the Kidz Love Soccer classes Mommy/Daddy & Me, Tot Soccer and Pre-Soccer and Gymnastics). Activities/classes for school age children also include sports (Kidz Love Soccer, Gymnastics), as well as dance (Hip Hop), karate, drawing, self-defense (Kidsafe), and Water Polo and Horse & Pony Camps. The Police Athletic League (PAL) sponsor a free after-school program (After the Bell, 925-516-5351 for info) featuring arts, crafts, games, sports activities and homework time at Loma Vista Elementary for grades 4-5 until 5:30 M-F and at Hill Middle School for grades 6-8 until 6 PM M-F. Adult classes include ballroom & salsa dance, yoga, water fitness, drawing, and beginning/ intermediate dog obedience. A Pediatric Daycare CPR & First Aid class is offered for individuals age 11 & up, as well as a child and babysitting safety course that is geared for teens. Senior adults classes include A Place to Paint and Premiers Exercise Program. Class locations include Balfour Guthrie Park, Bristow Middle School (Sports), Garin Elementary (Gymnastics, Health/Safety/Fitness), Women's Club (Crafts/Hobbies, Health/Safety/Fitness), Brentwood Community Center (Mature Adult), Edna Hill Middle School (Health/Safety/Fitness, Special Interest), and Bamboo Village Studio, 7351 B Brentwood Blvd (Karate).
Orinda Parks & Recreation 26 Orinda Way (Mail Box 2000) Orinda CA 94563 925-254-2445
Recreation programs for all ages include Arts & Crafts, Dance, Foreign Language (Spanish/French, including Parent/Child classes), Music, and Sports (Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball). Youth programs/classes include Babysitting Skills, Carpentry, Movement/Drama/Musical Theater, Fitness/Self-Defense/Yoga, Gymnastics, Mad Science, Soccer, Orinda Youth Association (OYA) sports, Sports Camps, and Snowboarding & Skiing. Programs also include Summer Camps: Orinda Kids Camp (OK Camp), ages 3 1/2 through K, AM hours with optional extended hours to 1:30 on TTH, Camp Orinda (general recreational camp for ages 6-10 1/2), Specialized camps (Babysitting for Beginners, Carpentry, Flag Football-Skyhawks, Soccer-Challenger British Soccer, Mini & Half-day, Skyhawks Mini-Hawks, ages 4-7, full-day, ages 5-11, Tennis Camps). Specialized camps have varying AM, PM or full-day hours and ages (ranging from 4-15). Holiday camps include Winter & Spring Break Camps (Basketball, Carpentry, Cooking, Dance, Mad Science, Musical Theater, Playwell Teknology, Science, Tennis, and Sports). Adult workshops/classes include Bridge, Computer, Dog Obedience, Fitness/Tai Chi/Martial Arts/Dancercize/Yoga, Foreign Language (Arabic, Italian), Golf, Literature (Film, Poetry), Nature (The Secret Life of Raptors), Softball, Special Interest (Self-Publishing Basics, Remodeling, Creative Writing, Interior Design, Home & Commercial Purchasing/Financing, and Financial Planning. Senior Adult services/classes/programs include Gentle Fun Fitness (60+), Senior Club, Senior Service Committee, Senior Resources (Service Info, 1-800-510-2020), Health Insurance Counseling. Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116), AARP 55 Alive-Driver Safety Ed, and Japanese Brush Painting. Cooking classes are offered for preschoolers and for teens/adults. Aquatics, including swim lessons & life-guarding classes, are offered through the Acalanes Union H.S. District at Soda Aquatic Center (925-376-6597). Class locations include Wagner Gym, 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda Community Center Park, 26 Orinda Way, and Montclair Golf Course, 2477 Monterey Blvd in Montclair. Recreational facilities include Orinda Community Center Park, which features a large open grass area, two playground areas (one with a water play area), picnic and barbecue areas, three lighted tennis courts and an Amphitheater that is available from October to May for day and evening rentals.
Semi-rural Orinda Oaks Park offers an 11-acre picnic/barbecue and play area that includes a horseshoe pit, a large grass area for field games & volleyball, and a nearby 111-acre open space area with native grasses and oak trees that is suitable for hiking. Brookside Park is an 11-acre open-space area within historic Borges Ranch. Upon completing the proposed Montenara Development, it will connect with the East Bay Regional Park Trails. Other trails in Orinda include the de Laveaga Trail, which begins downtown and connects with regional trails, the East Bay Municipal Utilities (EBMUD) trail at Wagner Ranch, which connects to the American Discovery Trail, and the St. Stephen's pedestrian and bicycle trail, which links with the East Bay Regional Park Trail system, and connects Orinda to the Lafayette Reservoir. In addition, residents can access the San Pablo Dam Recreation Area, which is operated by EBMUD, and offers hiking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, a marina and a playground facility.
Lafayette Parks & Recreation Community Center 500 St. Maryís Rd, Lafayette CA 94549, 925-284-2232
Recreation programs in Lafayette include a number of Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten age classes (Adventures with Toddlers, Aerobic Fun for Kids, Aerobics for Two, Buddy 'N Me Critters N Clay, Busy Bee Cooks, Indoor Floor Hockey, Kids Klay Play, Kinderdance, Kindergym, Kindermusik, KinderTots, Let's Make Music, Little Hoopsters, Little Kickers (Indoor Soccer), Little Sportster Movie Night, Lunch Bunch, Mad Science, Mommy and Me Musical Babies, Music Piano and Me, Music Together, Out & About-Make-a-Donut, Pumpkin Farm & Ride, Parents Night Out, Pre Kindergym, Junior Beginning Tennis, Pee Wee Tennis, Spanish for Kindergarteners, AM Preschool, Tumbling & Gymnastics, Parent/Tot Tumbling & Gymnastics). Classes for elementary school age children only include Cheering Cherubs, Critters 'n Clay, Dodge Ball League, Engineering Fundamentals with Legos Workshop, Kids Carpentry, Mad Science, Parents Night Out (up to age 8), Show Biz Kids, and Spanish for Children. Children/Teens can enroll in a variety of classes/activities, including Aikido for Youth, Babysitting for Beginners, Beginning Guitar, Carpentry, Chess, Digital Filmmaking, Robotics, Roller Hockey League, Junior Beginning Tennis, Tennis Clinics and Fall/Winter Holiday Camps. Adult Classes (16 & up or 18 & up) include Acting, Asian Tapas, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Tennis, Dance (Ballroom, Belly, Intro to Social Dance), Decorative Arts, Drawing Made Easy, Fencing, Figurative Sculpture, Fitness (Boot Camp, Pilates, Supple Goddess Workout), Landscape & Portraiture Painting, Meditation/Yoga, Papier-mache, Tai Chi Chih/Qigong, Traffic School-A Better Way, Watercolor Painting, and Yoga. Classes offered for children/teen/adults (in varying age combinations) include Basic First Aid, CPR, Beginner Bridge, Dog Obedience, Drum Logic, Emergency Preparedness, Kung Fu/Karate, and Rock School. Adults age 21 or older can participate in the Alive after Five Group. Heart Shapers & Muscle Shapers are fitness classes for individuals age 55 and up.
Class Locations include Lafayette Community Center, Hacienda de las Flores, Stanley Middle School, Lafayette Tennis Club, and Clean Comedy Company. The Community Center has 10 rooms of various sizes that are used for classes, special events, lectures and meetings. 68-acre Lafayette Community Park, 480 St. Mary's Rd, features sports fields used seasonally for baseball and soccer, a group picnic area, single picnic tables, a Tot Playground with an adjoining lawn, a natural trail throughout the park, and restrooms. 11.5-acre Buckeye Fields, 711 St Mary's Rd, is used exclusively by the Lafayette Little League. Improvements, to have started in 2003, include repositioning the fields to join the outfields and make a soccer field possible, a paved parking lot, landscaped medians and pathways, restrooms, concession stand and sport amenities. Brook Street Park, a neighborhood park recently renovated and brought up to current accessibility standards, offers picnic tables (including one designed for preschoolers), a drinking fountain, benches, and newly installed, fenced-in Pirate Ship play equipment designed for preschoolers with a top deck, steering wheel, climbing ropes and portholes. Leigh Creekside Park is bordered by Las Trampas Creek and the Lafayette Moraga Regional Trail. Its entrance features a centennial oak, and the park offers picnic tables, benches, a drinking fountain and informal paths. Seven regional and city neighborhood trails wind through Lafayette. Six of them have walking trails, 3 have bicycling trails, 2 have jogging paths, 2 have horseback riding trails, and 1 has hiking trails. Lafayette Reservoir, operated by the East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD), is a year-round, day-use area suitable for hiking, jogging, fishing, boating and picnicking.
Lafayette-Moraga Recreation Hacienda de Las Flores 2100 Donald Dr Moraga CA 94556 925-376-2520
Hacienda de las Flores, which houses the recreation office, is the main recreational facility in Moraga and features a patio with central fountain, large lawn, landscaped gardens, pavilion and "la sala" building with dining facilities for up to 80 people. Moraga Commons Park, 1799 St. Mary's Rd, offers shade trees, picnic areas, tot lots, swings, a few water elements, sand volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, and half court basketball. Commons Bandshell, which hosts free Summer Concerts each year, features a stage open to a large hillside allowing for ample lawn seating. Rancho Laguna Park, 2101 Camino Pablo on the edge of town, features tot lots, swings, a childrenís wooden train and train station (installed in 2004), picnic areas, a par course, volleyball, horseshoes, an amphitheater and large lawn all set among the trees. 250-acre Mulholland Ridge Open Space Preserve opened to the public in the spring of 2003 and is open for hiking from dawn to dusk daily. The Town of Moraga offers recreation classes and programs in conjunction with the City of Lafayette. A complete description is included in the Lafayette Recreation Department write-up on this web page.
El Cerrito Parks & Recreation 7007 Moeser Lane El Cerrito CA 94530 510-559-7006
Recreational facilities in El Cerrito include 10 parks, which collectively feature tennis & basketball courts, kickball areas, playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues, ponds, fields, grass areas. Four parks (Arlington, Castro, Fairmont & Harding) have a clubhouse facility; Canyon Trail, 6757 Gatto, has an art center and features a creek and walking trails, Tassajara Park, 2575 Tassajara, has a pottery studio. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona, offers a jogging track; Huber Park, 7711 Sea View, has a large cement slide; Ohlone Greenway, a 2.5 mile linear park that runs the length of El Cerrito, offers walking & bicycling opportunities. 79.3-acre Hillside Natural Area can be accessed from the east end of Schmidt Lane, north end of Potrero, and through King Court. ADA accessible El Cerrito Swim Center, opened in January, 2004 features a 25 x 25 meter competition pool, with one and three meter diving boards, and a multi-use recreational pool, equipped with a mushroom play fountain and slide. The facility offer Lap Swim for people age 15+,
Aqua Aerobics class, Parent and Tot Swimming, Children's
Learn to Swim Lessons (ages 4-14), and Beginning & Intermediate Adult Swim
Lessons (age 12 & up). Competitive swimming is also available for all ages,
with the USS Gators Swim Team for ages 5-18 and the Masters Swim Team for
adults age 19 & up. Recreational programs in El Cerrito focus on the
preschool, elementary/middle school and senior adult age groups. The City of El
Cerrito offers 2 preschools (510-559-7002 for info): Casa Cerrito (ages 3
1/2-5) and Teeter Tots (ages 22 months-3 1/2). Teeter Tots meets M-TH mornings
at El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The
Pee Wee Playtime program can extend the program until 1 PM, and the TGIF
program is offered on Fridays from 9:00-1:00. Casa Cerrito is located at 6917
Portola Dr and offers AM (9:00-1:00) and/or PM
(1:00-5:00) sessions. School age activities include 4 after-school programs.
Fairmont Elementary After-School Program provides scheduled child care for
enrolled children (2 days/week minimum) as well as a Drop-off service (by
appointment, up to 12 hours/week). Harding Elementary offers After-school
enrichment classes, including Kid Yoga, African Dance, Breakdancing, Creative
Writing, Animation, Guitar, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science, Chorus, Computers,
Fun in Science, and Spanish. Madera Elementary also has an after-school
enrichment program, classes include Carpentry,
Creative Writing, Beginning & Intermediate Gymnastics, Art for Kids, and
Keyboard, offered both at Madera Elementary & El Cerrito Community Center.
Portola After-School Aces Club is a free after-school program at Portola Middle
School (till 6:00 MTTH, till 5:00 WF) which offers a 45-minute homework period
and recreational programs including sports, gymnastics, recreational &
instructional swim, junior lifeguard, open gym, dance, and large & small
group activities. Facilities for senior adults include the Open House Senior
Center 6500 Stockton Ave, E 510-559-7677, which offers a number of services,
including a Daily Lunch Program, Home Delivered Meals for homebound elderly,
Case Management and Special Counseling, an Alzheimer Respite Program on
Tuesdays, a Caregiver Support Group, Disabled Aids/Equipment to loan, Senior
Resource Information & Referral, Preparation of Simple Wills, Podiatry
Clinic (every other month), Foot Care Clinic (3rd Thursday of the month), 60
Plus Bulletin (monthly newsletter), Preparation of State and Federal Tax Forms
and Homeowners' and Renters' Assistance Forms, Support Groups, Health Insurance
Counseling Program HICAP), Volunteer Opportunities, and Barber/Hairdresser.
Easy Ride Transportation Service is available to El Cerrito Residents (to &
from the Senior Center on MWTH, $1 each way, 510-559-7677 to pre-register).
Programs at the center include daily recreational classes and activities,
drop-in for coffee, tea, and conversation, weekly games such as chess, bridge, Mah Jong, and grocery bingo, Hiking for Health, Tea Dancing
(3rd Wednesday of each month), Friday Cash Prize Bingo (1:30-4:00 PM), with a
free lunch for players, free prizes, and free refreshments. The Alzheimer's
Respite Program, for individuals dealing with illness relating to memory loss,
provides closely supervised activities tailored to individual needs and often
includes mild exercise, music, and daily living skills. The Respite program
meets every Tuesday from 10:00-3:00, and offers caregivers an opportunity to
meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM† to share information and support. The
city also co-sponsors various adult education programs for individuals age 60
or older. Senior Classes for Japanese Speaking Adults meet on the 1st and 3rd
Saturdays of each month from 10AM-3PM at the Open House Senior Center,
510-525-4919 for info/reservations. This group offers blood pressure screening,
Japanese calligraphy, knitting, ceramics, exercise, Minyo,
Japanese/English Computer Classes, Japanese Movie, Shin Issei
Oral History, Shigin, Celebration of Birthdays,
Karaoke Sing-A-Long, and Japanese Taiko Class. Christ Lutheran Senior Center,
780 Ashbury Ave, 510-524-1050 or 510-527-0389, is open on Mondays, 9:00-2:00,
and offers creative writing lab, massage, conversational German & Spanish,
knitting, card making, lunch, and exercise.
6500 Gladys, 510- 237-3808, is open on Tuesdays, 9:00-2:00; activities include crafts, Tai Chi, conversational Spanish, exercise, lunch, scheduled speakers, computer lessons, blood pressure screenings, card & table games, and living skills for older adults.
Pinole Parks & Recreation 2131 Pear St. Pinole CA 94564 510-724-9062
Recreational facilities in Pinole include 15 parks, 5 of which have no facilities. The other parks collectively feature picnic tables, play areas, drinking fountains, restrooms, basketball courts, baseball fields, and BBQ pits. Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave, also features a gazebo. Pinole Valley Dog Park, on Adobe Rd, has off-leash facilities. Other recreation facilities include Pinole Playhouse/Memorial Center, 601 Tennent Ave, which houses the Community Players, 510-724-3669; East Bay IMpRoV, 510-964-0571; Pinole Young Actors, 510-223-3598; and School of Performing Arts, 2131 Pear St (Office), 510-724-9844;
Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave, 510-724-9800; Pinole Swim Center, 2450 Simas Ave, 510-724-9025; Pinole Valley Tennis Courts, 2955 Pinole Valley Rd, 510-724-9002; Pinole Youth Center, 635 Tennent Ave, 510-724-9004. Parks and Recreation classes/programs in Pinole focus largely on preschoolers, teens and senior adults. The department offers a preschool, Pinole Tiny Tots, 2454 Simas Ave, 510-724-8965, for ages 2 3/4-5, with a TTH AM session for younger children, and a PK session, AM or PM, MWF, for age 4. Year-round sessions run 12 weeks each. Pinole Youth Center Programs/Activities include PY Zone (Homework Help, Sports, Arts/Crafts, Cooking, Games, Workshops, Relaxation), PYC Tutoring, Reel Pinole-Youth Media, Pinole Youth Commission membership, Teen Leaders volunteers, Night out at PYC. Facilities at the center include computers and game/sports equipment. The Youth Internship Program, 510-724-9004, offers paid positions for high school students as Youth Media Interns or Tutors (Math/Science, English/Social Studies) at the Youth Center. A Teen Summer Camp program is also offered. Senior Center activities/services include Homebound Outreach, 510-724-9800 (Transport to the center for MTH lunch, age 50 & over), Friendly Visitor, 510-234-2820, ext. 138 (Volunteer visiting program, age 60 & over eligible as recipients), Legal Consultation, Health Screening, Health Insurance Counseling, Senior Singles Club, Trips & Tours, Computer Classes, Arts & Crafts, Dance (Ballroom, Line, Tap), Choir, Fitness/Exercise, Bingo, Pinochle, Poker, Pool, Tai Chi, Yoga, Walking Group, and Woodcarving. Sports organizations in Pinole for children & adults include Pinole Tennis Club and Pinole Swim Center; Youth Groups include Pinole Baseball Association, Pinole-Hercules Little League, Pinole Pony, Colt, Palomino Baseball League, Pinole Seals Swim Club, West Contra Costa Youth Soccer League, and West County Spartans Youth Football/Cheerleaders; Adult organizations include International Co-Ed Adult Soccer League and Pinole-Hercules Adult Softball League. Other adult classes/activities include Dance (Ballroom, Line), Volunteer opportunities, Holiday Luncheons, and Pancake Breakfasts. Aquatics programs include Lap Swim, Recreational Swim, Family Swim, Parent/Tot Swim, and Aqua Aerobics. Hilltop Family YMCA, 510-222-9622, runs the aquatic program. Pinole residents can get discounted rates for swim lessons, and may purchase a YMCA membership for unlimited access for recreation, lap and family swim times. Swim center facilities include a main pool, wading pool and snack bar.
Oakley Parks & Recreation 3231 Main St Oakley CA 94561 925-625-7041
Recreational facilities in Oakley include 6 Elementary School Parks, O'Hara Middle School Park, Crockett Neighborhood Park, Laurel Fields, Gehringer Elementary School/Park, Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Delta de Anza Trail, Marsh Creek Trail, Big Break Trail, Lauritzen Yacht Harbor, Big Break Marina and Driftwood Marina. The parks collectively feature picnic tables, picnic benches, BBQs, group picnic areas, Tot lots/play structures, Youth playgrounds/play structure areas, athletic fields (soccer, baseball, softball), basketball & tennis courts, comfort stations, restrooms, drinking fountains,† and parking. Gehringer Elementary School Park, Hwy 4 & W Bolton Rd, 925-625-7070, also features a hardball/adult ball field, Exercise and fitness apparatus area, Jogging path, and Parking. Vintage Parkway Elementary School Park, Vintage Parkway & Rutherford Lane, 925-625-6800, also offers a handicapped-accessible play structure with swings, sand play area, Youth play apparatus with fitness equipment and a Comfort station. Laurel Elementary School Park Mercedes Lane and Laurel Rd 925-625-7090, has tetherball courts. Oakley Elementary School Park, Norcross Lane & West Ruby St, 925-625-7050 has a Concession/storage building. O'Hara Middle School Park, O'Hara Ave & Cypress Rd, 925-625-5060, also offers a Bike rack. The school parks' facilities are available on the basis of Joint School/Community Use and/or Public Use after school hours. Laurel Fields on Laurel Rd provide a large open space with a concession stand. Crockett Park on Empire Ave is another public use area with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) trails and Walking trails. Delta de Anza, Marsh Creek, and Big Break Trails all offer paved multi-use public trails. Delta de Anza Trail can be used for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding, has access to regional and community parks, schools, and Los Medanos Community College, and features play areas for children, picnic facilities, drinking water, and restrooms. Marsh Creek Trail also can be used by walkers, runners, bicyclists, and equestrians and provides access to neighborhood parks, post offices, libraries, and schools located near the trails. Big Break Trail lends itself to bird watching, and nature study. Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Bridgehead Rd, 510-562-7275 (PARK), is a 550-foot pier for fishing anytime night or day that features a fish cleaning station, picnic tables, BBQ's, Kite flying, Paved trails, Wheelchair-friendly paths, Windscreens, Drinking fountain and Handicapped-accessible restrooms. Lauritzen Yacht Harbor, 115 Lauritzen Lane, 925-757-9449, is open year round and offers a Launch ramp, 137 berths, Gas dock, Houseboat rentals, Camping, Dry storage, Block and party ice, Parking for vehicles with trailers, Holding tank pump-out and Restrooms with showers.Big Break Marina, 100 Big Break Rd, 925-757-5501, features a Launch ramp, 265 berths, Hunting on open water areas, Bait shop, Parking and Restrooms. Driftwood Marina is also located in the area, 925-757-9449 for more info. Recreation programs in Oakley include a free after-school program for Middle School students featuring homework assistance, games, sports, challenges, arts & crafts, and occasional off-site trips, and held at O'Hara Park Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays and Delta Vista Middle School on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-6 PM. Teen programs include Oakley Youth Advisory Council (OYAC), which meets every other Tuesday evening and consists of 11 youth representatives who advise the City of Oakley on policies relevant to teens. Xtreme Xcursions and Fantastic Voyages provide day-trip adventures for grades 6-12 to places such as Six Flags, Pier 39, Great America, & Fisherman's Wharf. Sports activities include a variety of team and individual sports leagues, tournaments, and programs. Freedom High School swimming pool offers both swimming lessons and recreational swim during the summer and a number of day camp programs are available as well. Marsh Creek District Boy Scouts, 925-674-6100; San Francisco Bay Area Girl Scout, 800-447-4475; East County Little League, 925-625-6226,
East Diablo PONY Baseball League, 925-516-9212, East County Youth Football, 925-625-9791, East Diablo Youth Soccer League, 925-776-8363, and 4-H, 925-634-5443, all offer athletic and recreational programs as well.
Clayton Community Park Marsh Creek Dr at Regency Dr Clayton CA 94617 925-673-7310
Recreational facilities in Clayton include 6 parks. Clayton Community Park, the city's main park, is located off Regency Drive, behind Diablo View Middle School. Lydia Lane Park is at the northeast end of Lydia Lane off of Clayton Rd. North Valley Park is on Keller Ridge Dr. The Equestrian Staging Area is on the east side of Clayton Rd just past Peacock Creek. Westwood Park is at the end of Haviland Place, off of Clayton Rd. The Dog Park is next to Marsh Creek Rd, north of Regency Dr, across from the Community Park.
The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA runs a Youth Sports League for the City of Clayton. Sports offered include Indoor Soccer, Flag Football, Cheerleading, and Basketball. The leagues meet at Clayton Community Gym, on the campus of Mt. Diablo Middle School. Registration can be mailed or delivered to the Concord/Clayton YMCA, 700 Gym Court, Clayton CA 94517 or Irving Deutscher Family YMCA, 350 Civic Dr, Pleasant Hill CA 94523, 925-687-8900.
Hercules Recreation & Community Services 2001 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA 94547 510-799-8291
Recreational programs for all ages in Hercules include sports (Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Softball, Badminton, Tennis), dance (African, Tahitian), fitness (Jazzercise), martial arts (Karate, Taekwondo), tumbling/gymnastics (children/youth), aquatics Youth Swim Teams: Hercules Piranhas, East Bay Silver Dolphins, Group swim lessons, Hercules Masters/Lap Swim Club) and art (Oil Painting class). Recreational facilities/class locations include the Ohlone Community Center, 1616 Pheasant; Woodfield Park, 1919 Lupine; Hanna Park, 2480 Refugio Valley Rd, Hercules Senior Center, 111 Civic Drive; Refugio Valley Tennis Complex, Refugio Valley Rd & Pheasant Dr; Foxboro Tennis Courts; 1025 Canterbury, Woodfield Tennis Courts; 1919 Lupine and Community/Swim Center, 2001 Refugio Valley Rd. The city runs several child care programs for school age children as well as preschools for 3 & 4 year olds. Hercules Tiny Tots offers a TTH, 9-11 AM session for 3 year olds, and a MWF 9-Noon session for 4 year olds. The programs meet at Lupine and Hanna Ranch Childcare Centers. The Before/After School Childcare program serves children in grades K-5 during the school year and offers a variety of activities, including crafts, games, sports, a fun fitness program, clubs, cultural appreciation, life skills, and a short homework time. The Childcare Programs meet at Ohlone, Lupine and Hanna Ranch Childcare Centers. During the summer Lupine Childcare Center, 1905 Lupine, 510-799-8259, offers a day camp for grades K-2, and Ohlone Childcare Center, 1616 Pheasant, 510-799-8224, serves children in grades 3-5. Camp activities include hiking, cooking projects, arts and crafts, tennis, organized sports, local field trips and swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hanna Ranch Childcare Center also offers Planet Youth Teen Summer Camp for youth entering grades 6-9; activities include field trips, workshops, special guests, swimming, movie day, arts and crafts, dances, poolside parties, BBQ's, open gym, and sports leagues. The facilities of the fitness center and Teen Resource Center are available to campers. During the school year, T.H.E.† S.P.O.T. (Teens of Hercules Empowering through Spirit, Perseverance, Outreach, & Teamwork) program, 510- 245-4803 or 510-799-8291, provides homework assistance, arts & crafts, sports and a variety of activities and events intended exclusively for grades 6-8. T.H.E.† S.P.O.T is located Before School at the Community Swim Center, directly across from the Middle School and After School, on-site at the school, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Hercules Teen/Youth Resource Center, located inside the Community/Swim Center, 2001 Refugio Valley Rd, offers Drivers Education Classes (Safestway Driving School), American Red Cross Babysitter's Training (ages 11-15) and Fall Math Academics Program Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I/II & Trigonometry Tutors (grades 3-12). The Babysitter's Training & Fall Math Academics Program meet at the Community/Swim Center. A Teen/Youth Council, consisting of Hercules residents in grades 6-12 and/or Hercules Middle/High School students, participates in Community Activities and Events such as the Coffee House on Fridays, Senior Citizen Appreciation Luncheon/Pre-Motherís Day Fashion Show, Annual Halloween Haunted House, Community Clean-Up Day and the Holiday Tree Lighting. Teen/Youth Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:00- 4:30 PM at the Hercules Teen/Youth Resource Center. The Hercules Senior Center 111 Civic Drive, 510-799-8219, offers a variety of services, classes and activities, such as Beginning and Intermediate Tap Dancing, Hula, Bingo, Low Impact Exercise, Computer Training, Needlecraft, Tai-Chi, Art, Folk Dance, Aerobic Line Dancing, Card Groups, and Crafts, at little or no cost.† The center works closely with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, local colleges and a local holistic institute to provide a variety of classes.† The Rodeo/Hercules Fire District does blood pressure checks on the second Wednesday of the month. The Hercules Police Department provides information & assistance on Senior Safety issues. The Hercules Senior Center also has a Certified Notary available, at special senior discount rates, on the 3rd Thursday of the month (510-799-8219 for appointment). The Hercules Senior Center also hosts the Co-Co Cafe, which provides nutritious lunches (with one-day advance reservation) Monday through Friday at noon (Suggested donation $2.00 or more, cost is $3.75 for those under 60).† Deli Bag Lunches, available on Fridays, provide Weekend meals (must be reserved before noon on Wednesday). The Hercules Senior Center also now offers the Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program (HICAP) on the 1st Monday of each month from 9:00-11:00. The program provides advice about decreasing prescription costs and information on Medicare or HMO benefits (510-799-8219 for appointment).