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PARKS & RECREATION

Parks and Recreation, Los AltosCreating community through people, parks and programs!

Parks and programs provide space and opportunities to learn, play, create and imagine! The Recreation Department offers classes, trips, workshops, camps and special events for all ages. If there is a class or workshop you would like added, please let us know!

Mission
The Los Altos Recreation Department strives to enrich community members through active participation in life-long learning, health and wellness, community involvement, and recreational activities.

Goals
  • Provide a broad spectrum of high quality special interest classes and workshops for all ages. 
  • Foster health and well being through physical activity for all ages and abilities.
  • Celebrate Los Altos history and community traditions through annual special events.
  • Provide opportunities for participation in and enjoyment of the performing and visual arts.

Los Altos Parks and Recreation Facility Rentals

Recreation Administration Office
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos
Telephone: (650) 947-2790
Email:
www.losaltosrecreation.org

The Recreation Department staff will help you locate the perfect setting for your wedding receptions, family gatherings, special events, conferences, performances, vendor fairs or meetings.  Park picnic tables and barbeques are available for use on a first come first served basis. However, the Patriot Corner Group Picnic Area in Shoup Park may be reservedin advance. 

Hillview Community Center and Park
97 Hillview Avenue
The center hosts many recreation offerings including classes in art, dance, fitness, cooking, music, and more.  The six-acre site includes the "Whistlestop" playground, par course, Little League baseball diamond, soccer field, Bus Barn Theater, Los Altos History Museum, Gilbert Smith History House, Los Altos Senior Center and the administrative offices of the Recreation Department. Available rental facilities include a multi-purpose room with kitchen facility, social hall, conference room, classroom/meeting rooms and two bocce ball courts.  All of these facilities are available for birthday celebration rentals.

Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC)
1 North San Antonio Road
Centered amongst the historic Apricot Orchard in the Civic Center Complex, LAYC offers rental space and is the location for many recreation programs and classes. 

Grant Park
1570 Holt Avenue
This 4.5-acre park offers an outdoor basketball court, pathways, a large multi-purpose turf, playground area, picnic tables, individual barbecues and public restrooms. Meeting/class rooms and a multi-purpose room with kitchen facilities are available to rent.

Lincoln Park, Los AltosHeritage Oaks Park
Corner of Portland and Miramonte Ave.
Five acres include play areas for preschoolers and elementary school age children, large grass area, picnic tables, barbecue pits and public restrooms.

Lincoln Park
1.1-acres of lawn bounded by Foothill Expressway, Lincoln, University, and Edith Avenues.  The large strip offers a gazebo and various public art pieces including  “Imagine That”, “Space Dance for Peace”, “Musical Gambol” and “Linear Circles”. Enjoy strolling and relaxing with your brown bag lunch. 

Marymeade Park
Fremont Avenue at Grant Road
Attractions include three lighted tennis courts, playground, picnic tables, barbecue pits and large grass area. The 1.1–acre-park includes the “ Sun and Moon” sculpture and public restrooms. Access to parking is off Fremont Ave.

McKenzie Park
707 Fremont Avenue
The 4.3-acres park offers two lighted tennis courts; children's play areas, picnic tables, public restrooms, barbecue pits and a large grass area. Showcased in the park is the “Pax Nova” sculpture.  Access to parking is off Fremont Ave.

Montclaire Park
St. Joseph's Avenue
Located adjacent to Montclaire School, the 1.1-acre park has two tennis courts, picnic tables, barbecue pits and a preschool play area. (The adjacent school property – a separate entity from Los Altos Recreation Department - has a large grass area for softball or soccer and a par course fitness trail.)

Redwood Grove
482 University Avenue
A 5.9-acre nature preserve, the park includes picnic tables, a boardwalk, observation decks and a hillside trail that follows Adobe Creek among the majestic redwood trees. Visitor parking is available on University Avenue. No motor vehicles allowed in the park.

Rosita Park
401 Rosita Avenue
Completely renovated in 2012, this five-acre park features a full sized baseball diamond and soccer fields for youth and adult sports, three tennis courts, children’s play area, picnic tables, concessions stand, and restrooms. Rosita Park also features an intricate water retention system that holds surface water onsite for use in watering plants and trees rather than running into the storm drains. On site parking is available.

Shoup Park - Garden House and Patriot Corner Picnic Area
400 University Avenue
Adobe Creek forms the backdrop for Shoup Park, which includes picnic tables, barbecue pits, turf areas, playground, parking, and public restrooms. The 3.7-acre park is the home of the Underground Teen Center.  Available rental facilities include the Garden House and the Patriot Corner Group Picnic area.  Teens celebrating birthdays may also rent the Underground for their celebration.

Village Park
Corner of Edith Ave. and San Antonio Road
This small passive park of .75 acres offers paths, benches and quiet spots for seeking respite. Showcased in the park is the ”Olympic Wannabe's” sculpture, by internationally known sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Limited parking is available off of Edith Ave.

Athletic Facility Reservations
Facilities include: Hillview soccer field and youth baseball diamond, Grant Park soccer field, Rosita Park soccer and baseball fields; Tennis courts located at Marymeade, McKenzie and Montclaire Parks; and Egan and Blach Middle School gyms. For availability, fee information and reservations, please contact Senior Recreation Supervisor Peggy Ford at (650) 947-2887 or email

LOS ALTOS HILLS PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
26379 Fremont Road
Los Altos Hills
(650) 947-2518
www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/parks-and-recreation

Purissima Park
Purissima Park is home to the Los Altos Hill Parks & Recreation Department, the Los Altos Hills Horseman’s Association and the Los Altos Hills/Los Altos Little League. The Town Riding Arena and the baseball fields are eligible for reservation. To reserve these facilities for your event, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 650-947-2518.

Los Altos Hills Pathways System
A very special feature of Los Altos Hills is the Pathways System.  Ninety miles of roadside and off-road paths meander through the hills and valley of the Town, connecting various areas of the community. This network is a valuable recreational asset for residents. The system has been designed over many years to provide non-vehicular access to the Town for walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians. Maps of the Pathways System are available at Town Hall for $2.

Byrne Preserve
Located along the upper length of Altamont Road and connected to the Los Altos Hills Pathway System, the Byrne Preserve consists of 88 acres of open space adjacent to the Westwind Community Barn. The preserve is a passive recreational site. It serves as a pasture for horses and as the site for the Hoppin’ Hounds Easter Egg Hunt, the Pathways Run/Walk and many, many more exciting events and activities.

Westwind Community Barn
Historic Westwind Barn is owned and operated by the Town of Los Altos Hills. The facility sits on 15 acres and is adjacent to the Byrne Preserve. The Countess Margit Bessenyey purchased the property to serve as a breeding facility and training center for her Hungarian horses. She worked out of Westwind Barn with world-renowned trainer, Linda Tellington-Jones, whose work with people and their horses continues today in clinics across the country. In 1976, Countess Bessenyey donated the Westwind site to the Town. In 2009, Westwind Barn underwent extensive renovations, making it a state-of-the-art horse boarding and training facility.

Boarding
Boarders at Westwind Barn have access to facilities that are maintained daily to a high quality standard. Boarding is open to the public and options include stalls and pasture. Additional services are available to boarders, including 7-day blanket service, grain, trailer parking, free-choice hay nets, and extra turnouts.

Westwind 4-H Riding Program
Westwind 4-H began its program of providing horse riding lessons to children with physical handicaps in October 1987. Riding lessons during Fall, Winter, and Spring are held on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. In the Summer, riding classes are held on Monday evenings in July. Westwind 4-H is operated through the Santa Clara County 4-H, which is part of the University of California Youth Development Program. For more information, call 650-947-8689 or visit the 4-H website at www.westwind4h.org.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It is comprised of over 60,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves protected for public enjoyment, making a preserve system of diverse and unparalleled beauty in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.

Low intensity recreational opportunities close-to-home are open to the public from dawn to dusk 365 days a year and include preserves with meadows as picnic sites, hills for kite flying and wooded trails for hiking. Some of the preserves offer gravel parking lots, restrooms, well-marked trail systems and detailed site brochures. Maps are available from the MROSD at (650) 691-1200 or on-line at www.openspace.org.

HIDDEN VILLA is a 1,600 acre farm and wilderness area, located on Moody Road in Los Altos Hills, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Donated by the family of Frank and Josephine Duveneck, Hidden Villa is a nonprofit organization with a working organic farm and eight miles of wilderness trails. Over 30,000 visitors per year enjoy Hidden Villa’s formal program offerings and another 20,000 visitors enjoy strolling through the ranch, picnicking, seeing various farm animals, wildlife, and gardens, and hiking through chaparral hillsides and the Adobe Creek woodland watershed.
 
Hidden Villa’s formal programming offers hands-on, innovative learning experiences for children and adults, as well as a wide range of programs designed to increase environmental awareness and multicultural understanding.  Programs include environmental education for school children, summer camp, community supported agriculture program, a visitor's hostel, facility rentals, a 12 month internship program and a full calendar of environmental and community program events.  Visitors are encouraged to participate in a myriad of volunteer activities which include working with the teachers and children in the environmental education program, harvesting crops for the community supported agriculture program, trail maintenance, clerical work in the program offices, and assistance with special events.
 
Hidden Villa is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to dusk and is closed during the summer for summer camp, except for selected weekends - call for dates. There is a $5.00 parking fee per car.  Program fees vary.  For more information visit  www.hiddenvilla.org or call (650) 949-8650.

DEER HOLLOW FARM
The 150 year-old Farm located in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is an educational center where the public, school classes, and community groups can observe and participate in a historic working farm. In the tradition of a working homestead, the Farm produces food on-site, such as fresh eggs and seasonal orchard produce which are for sale when available.

Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour and learn about the history of the Farm. The friendly farm animals, a garden and orchard are available for viewing during regular Farm hours. Note, the buildings and pens are closed to the general public. Visitors may also explore 24-miles of trails in the surrounding Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Picnic tables are available at the north end of the Farm. Be prepared to remove all garbage as there are no garbage cans at the Farm or Preserve. Permits are required for groups of 20+ people. For permits, call the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at (650) 691-1200.

For more information about the Farm, call (650) 903-6430 or email

Golfing

Enthusiasts have a variety of golf courses available. There are several private clubs and public courses in Santa Clara County.

Public Golf Courses

Blackberry Farm Golf Course
          
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd.
           Cupertino  (408) 253-9200

Deep Cliff Golf Course
            10700 Clubhouse Lane, Cupertino
            (408) 253-5357

Palo Alto Golf Course
            1875 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
            856-0881

Shoreline Golf Links
             2940 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
             903- 4653

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is popular year-round in the Los Altos area. Horses are permitted to be stabled on residential property in Los Altos Hills and some are available for rent at local stables.

Fremont Hills Stables
            26941 Purissima Rd., Los Altos Hills
            948-9980 (Riding instruction, training)

Spring Down Equestrian Center
            725 Portola Rd., Portola Valley
            851-1114 (Lessons, training, boarding)

Webb Ranch
            2720 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley
            854-7755 (Lessons, group rides and boarding)

Westwind Community Barn
           27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills
           Boarding:  941-6113
           4-H Riding Program:  947-8689

 

Updated 12.28.2013

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