Discover beautiful Livermore, California! Livermore is California’s oldest wine region, ideally located with a pro-business attitude; making Livermore the perfect place to live, work, and explore. As the gateway to the Central Valley, both visitors and residents alike adore access to farm lands and ranches, as well as a thriving downtown with strong business roots. In addition to being a historically significant site, Livermore is the proud home of renowned science and technology centers: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Whether you want to take in arts, culture, western heritage, academic company, or an innovative community, Livermore has got you covered. Historic Downtown Livermore provides shopping, dining, and an entertainment and cultural district with a new 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center. Surrounding this blossoming city are over 40 wineries and 5,000 acres of vineyards, marking Livermore as one of California’s premier wine regions.
Long before Livermore came to be known by that name, the Livermore-Amador Valley was home to the native Ohlone tribe. In the early 1800s, the Spanish arrived in the area and began using the area primarily as a grazing land for sheep and cattle under the Spanish Mission San Jose. Between 1834 and 1837, much of this land was opened to Mexican land grants; the second and fourth largest of these land grants was made to ranchers Robert Livermore and Jose Noriega in 1839. Robert Livermore, whom the area would one day be named for, was interested in viticulture, horticulture, cattle and horses. In 1846, he planted vineyards and orchards of pears and olives. In 1849, it is believed that Robert built the first wooden building in the valley, a two-story "Around the Horn" house.
Soon, the discovery of gold was made in California and thousands flocked to the area to try to get rich quick. Livermore prospered as a popular “first day” stopping point for gold seekers. Robert Livermore died in 1858, just a few short years before the establishment of the town that bears his name. The city itself was established in 1869 by William Mendenhall, but wasn’t officially incorporated until April 15, 1876. Livermore was the first incorporated city in the Livermore Valley. William Mendenhall went on to open a railroad through the town in 1869, transforming the area practically overnight into a thriving agricultural center.
In 1942, the U. S. Government bought 692 acres of ranch land, bounded by Vasco and Greenville Roads and East Avenue, and built the Livermore Naval Air Station. The Livermore Naval Air Station operated until 1946, bringing with it an economic boom to Livermore. In 1952, the surplus naval base was transformed into the internationally renowned Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 1956, the city welcomed Sandia National Laboratory. By 1950, the area’s population was made up of approximately 4,000 residents, but swelled to 40,000 by 1970. In 1984, Livermore's microclimate was deemed perfect for growing varietals like Sauvingnon Blanc, Semillion and Cabernet grapes. Discover this and more about Livermore’s rich history, by visiting: http://livermorechamber.org/about-livermore/yesterday-and-today.aspx.
Parks and Recreation
Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District
4444 East Ave , Livermore, California 94550-5053 , (925) 373-5700
Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th. - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday - 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
The Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District is dedicated to providing visitors and residents alike with outstanding park systems, recreation areas and facilities, along with quality recreational programs. The District is home to 29 neighborhood parks; three community parks with such amenities as an equestrian center and rodeo grounds; four open space parks totaling 1,360 acres; and 10 special-use parks. Rental facilities include the Robert Livermore Community Center; Ravenswood Historic Site; Carnegie Building; Veterans Building; The Barn; May Nissen Swim Center; group picnic areas at May Nissen, Almond Avenue and Veterans parks; the equestrian center; and all-weather ball fields. Additionally, the Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District provides children ranging from preschool through 11th grade with teen programs, fee classes, youth and adult sports, aquatics, environmental education, special events and senior services. To find out all this and more, please visit their official website or contact the Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District using the information provided above.
Attractions and Activities
Livermore offers a vast array of fun and exciting attractions and activities to see and do 365 days per year. Whether you’re interested in Livermore’s cultural and entertainment scene or are looking to be active, Livermore has got you covered. Break away from the daily grind and enjoy over forty world class wineries, championship golf courses, shop in historic downtown, or work up a sweat at the rock climbing gym, skate park or one of Livermore’s sports fields. Livermore offers a delicious variety of dining options, ranging from family-style to gourmet, as well as numerous shopping opportunities. Celebrate Livermore’s over 130 year history with a self-guided historic downtown tour, visit one of their museums or roam the Ravenswood Historical site. Visit Livermore’s official website today and discover just a few of the exciting things that this beautiful City offers visitors and residents alike. http://www.cityoflivermore.net/thingstodo/default.asp
Livermore is host to a variety of exceptional events throughout the year! Enjoy the annual rodeo, wine festivals, weekly Famer’s Market, and much more annually in beautiful Livermore. With so much to do, there’s bound to be something for everyone! Please visit the links provided below to discover just a few of these family-friendly events and activities that await you in the upcoming months.
Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar
Downtown Livermore Event Calendar