Community Services Department

Now Available for Download:

Summer Camps & Aquatics 2017

Spring Enjoy Catalog

Winter Enjoy Catalog


Parks and Recreation Master PlanWe need your help in charting the future of our parks, facilities and recreation programs.

Calling all Teens! Click here for Teen Services 

The City of Palo Alto is now Hiring lifeguards!

Enjoy All That Palo Alto Has to Offer!

Your community offers you dozens of community parks; outstanding classes for adults and kids; 40 miles of hiking trails; a municipal golf course; fascinating art exhibits; pools, fields and gyms for peak fitness. Whether you're looking for educational activities for your kids, a place to relax or place to explore the world around you, Palo Alto's Community Services Department is proud to offer programs, activities and parks to meet all the needs of your family and to sustain a positive quality of life!

We are a staff who are committed to providing outstanding educational and physical fitness opportunities for the whole family, beautiful and inviting community facilities for your rental needs, and a multitude of exhibits, shows and special events to entertain, inspire and enjoy!

Besides offering the very best array of fun, educational and life-enriching programs that we can provide, there's nothing more important to the Enjoy! Team than your complete satisfaction with our services, programs and activities.

Please send your comments or suggestions on our programs and services to CSD Director Robert De Geus at We'd love to hear your feedback!


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Community Services Administration at the
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-463-4900
Fax: 650-321-5612

Open Space, Parks and Golf Administration
Municipal Service Center
3201 East Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-496-6962
Fax: 650-496-5925

Foothills Park
3300 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 9430
Phone: 650-329-2423
Fax: 650-917-9647

Baylands Nature Preserve
2500 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-617-3156
Fax: 650-858-2659

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
1530 Arastradero Road,
1/4 mile north of Page Mill Road.
Phone: 650-329-2423

Recreation Services Administration at the
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-463-4900
Fax: 650-321-5612

Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, T2
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2418
Fax: 650-856-8756

Mitchell Park Community Center 3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2400

Arts & Sciences

Art Center
1313 Newel Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2366
Fax: 650-326-6165

Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-463-4930
Fax: 650-324-0291

Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-329-2111
Fax: 650-473-1965

Last Updated: Apr 3, 2017
Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan Project
Review of the Parks Master Plan document has commenced and will run from November 16th - December 9th, 2016.

The document can be viewed on the Master Plan website


The Japanese Art of Tea: a Living Tradition
Join Cubberley artist Sahba Shere in an art-infused experience of a traditional tea gathering in the unique setting of her art studio F-7 at Cubberley Community Center.

45 Days of Clay Artist Residencies
The Palo Alto Art Center has announced the selection of three ceramic artists for its 45 Days of Clay residency program. The artists who have been chosen to participate in the residency program from June 23-August 20 are Malia Landis, Wesley Wright, and Matthew Goldberg.

Art Center Celebrates 45th Anniversary with Year-long Series of Events
The Palo Alto Art Center has launched its 45th anniversary celebration with a year-long series of community events, ambitious exhibitions, ceramic artist residencies, an Art Center historic timeline, informative lectures, and much more.

The celebration kicked off in earnest on May 1 with a community tea, the public dedication and unveiling of an “Art Center Drive” commemorative sign with Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, and a Spring Family Day.

Spring Family Day a Shining Success!
On a sunny Sunday afternoon at the end of March, we welcomed 365 visitors and 31 volunteers at Spring Family Day!

Thank You, Art Center Volunteers!
While National Volunteer Week takes place only once each year in April, volunteerism thrives year ‘round at the Palo Alto Art Center, as hundreds of volunteers routinely donate thousands of hours to ensure the success of the Center’s programs and events.
2015 Spring Family Day Volunteers

A Mobile Place for Making, All for Teens
In the spring of 2013, the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Library embarked upon an exciting project with local teens—the creation of a mobile makerspace. Funded by a California State Library grant, this project will result in a mobile makerspace—created by and for local teens—that will premiere at the Art Center in August 2013 and then travel to libraries and community centers throughout Palo Alto.