Pleasanton, CA
Area Guide

 

Welcome to scenic Pleasanton, California! Pleasanton really lives up to its name with a welcoming community of friendly, family-oriented residents from all walks of life. Pleasanton offers visitors and residents alike access to numerous parks, fantastic recreational facilities and programs, as well as thriving businesses and wonderful community events. Residents with children adore Pleasanton’s rich array of schools, ranging from the award winning public schools of Pleasanton Unified School District to numerous private schools. Downtown Pleasanton is steeped in some of the Tri-Valley’s finest shopping and dining, along with annual festivals, street parties, parades, weekly summer concerts, Saturday farmer's market and other special events. If you’re looking for a community that redefines the meaning of “home”, look no further than beautiful Pleasanton.

 

History

The Tri-Valley area was first permanently inhabited by the Ohlone tribe close to 4,000 years ago. They continued to inhabit the area in relative peace, along with several other tribes, up until the arrival of the Spanish in 1772. Mission San Jose, the fourteenth California mission, was founded on June 11, 1797, by Father Lausen. The mission assimilated the natives of the area and turned the Valley into the mission’s pasture lands. In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain and the mission lands were to be split among the Mexican citizens and the Indians. However, by the late 1830’s most of the lands had been granted by the Governor to loyal Mexican politicians, soldiers, and supporters.

In 1848, gold was discovered in California, bringing a vast influx of gold seekers , squatters and settlers, to the area. The area that would one day be known as Pleasanton was located on one of the major routes to gold fields and quickly became a mercantile stopover for fortune-seekers. The area’s population continued to rise after California was admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850, bringing an end to the Spanish/Mexican period of California's history.

After the gold rush began to die down, Pleasanton became an agricultural center for the Amador Valley and home to the oldest horse racing track in the nation. Pleasanton has also gained international fame from being source of many of the United States and Europe’s largest beer producers’ source of hops. Pleasanton has also been the background for many movies, including "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and has since been nicknamed “ Hollywood of the North”.

Throughout the 1950’s, Pleasanton held on to its rural charm, while other cities in the Bay Area boomed, often destroying historic buildings in the process. In the 1960’s and 70’s developers turned their gaze towards Pleasanton, turning the city into a magnet for retail and commercial developers. Several business parks were built, including Hacienda which is the largest in northern California. By the mid 1980’s, Pleasanton was the third fastest growing city in California. For this and more information about Pleasanton’s rich history, please visit: http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/pleasanton/pleasanton-history.html

Parks and Recreation

The Pleasanton Community Services is dedicated to serving all residents with quality indoor and outdoor activities, classes, services and facilities for all ages through its Recreation, Civic Arts, Human Services, Landscape Architecture and Administration divisions.  Residents of all ages can take part in activities, camps and classes designed to benefit their overall quality of life. Pleasanton’s Community Services Department offers everything from beautiful parks, trails, and open spaces to the challenging Callippe Preserve Golf Course. To find out this and more about what exciting options Pleasanton has to offer you, please visit their official website at: http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/recreation/index.html.

 

Attractions and Activities

Discover a rich variety of fantastic attractions and activities that await you in Pleasanton. Pleasanton offers delightful galleries, fine dining and fun to be had by all. Enjoy hitting a few golf balls around at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course, the Pleasanton Golf Center or the Tri-Valley Center. If you love shopping, be sure to check out Downtown Pleasanton for some great deals. If that weren’t enough, Pleasanton also offers a relaxing afternoon at Mitchell Katz Winery and the chance to race around the track at the Umigo Indoor Kart Racing. To find out more about the incredible attractions and activities that await you in Pleasanton, please feel free to explore the links provide below.

 

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566-7001
Phone: (925)426-7600
http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/

 

Callippe Preserve Golf Course
8500 Clubhouse Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925-426-6666
http://www.playcallippe.com/

 

Civic Arts Presents
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925)931-5361
http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/

 

Downtown Pleasanton Attractions
http://www.pleasantondowntown.net/

 

The Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925) 931-4850
http://www.firehousearts.org/

 

Mitchell Katz Winery
1188 Vineyard Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925)931-0744
http://www.mitchellkatzwinery.com/

Museum on Main Street
603 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925)462-2766
http://www.museumonmain.org/

Pleasanton Golf Center
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925-462-4653

Super Franks Fun Adventure
5341 Owens Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: (925)698-5599
http://www.trivalleycvb.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=547&menuID=319&hit=1

Tri-Valley Golf Center
1780 Freisman Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925-455-4653
http://www.trivalleygolf.com/

 

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
1048 Serpentine Lane, #307
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925)462-2121
http://www.trivalleyrep.org/

Umigo Indoor Kart Racing
6538 Patterson Pass Road
Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 373-7223
http://umigoracing.com/default.aspx


Events

Pleasanton is home to a variety of fun events throughout the year, always offering you and your family something new and exciting to experience! With a rich variety of annual festivals, street parties, parades, weekly summer concerts, Saturday farmer's market and other special events; there’s something for people of all ages and interests. Please visit the link provided below to discover just a few of these family-friendly events and activities that await you in the upcoming months. http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/calendar/

Sherry Nigg
Sherry Nigg
Realtor