The hub of Los Altos recreation is found on this six-acre site, where a whirl of classes takes place, including art,…More dance, music and cooking.
The administrative offices of the Los Altos Recreation Department are housed here, along with the Los Altos Senior Center, Gilbert Smith House, Bus Barn Theater and the Los Altos History Museum. The site also hosts a social hall, meeting space and conference room. The private, non-profit preschool, Children's Corner, can also be found here, as can the League of Women Voters.
The outdoor athletic facilities include a Little League baseball diamond, bocce ball court and a soccer field. Small children will enjoy the train-themed "Whistlestop" playground. These facilities and athletic fields are available for rent for weddings, sporting events or celebrations.
As part of the larger civic center, the Hillview center is adjacent to Los Altos City Hall, the main library, Los Altos Youth Center and the Police Department. One can easily navigate between buildings via walkways and connected parking lots. There is ample free parking in the lot on Hillview Avene, as well as on the street.
This 8,200 square-foot, three-level museum opened in September 2001 and features the history of the Los Altos area,…More going from the Ohlone Indians to the high-tech era.
The permanent exhibit is "Crown of the Peninsula," but the museum also features a changing exhibits gallery and oral history collection. The museum hosts third and fourth grade students from area schools each year.
The museum is adjacent to the J. Gilbert Smith House, a 1905 Craftsman-style farm house that was part of the apricot orchard property that the city purchased for its civic center in 1954. Mrs. Gilbert lived in the home until her death in 1973, and the City Council created the Historical Commission to transform the house into a museum. It became the Los Altos History House in December 1977. Visitors can see the orchard house as it might have been during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The modern museum, with its soaring ceilings and expansive brick patio and arbor, is a popular place for weddings and other celebrations.
Since 1946, the Los Altos Library has been nestled in the historic apricot orchard that surrounds the civic center…More complex. Besides books, the library offers a selection of DVDs, computer games, CDs, audio books and computers with Internet access.
The library is filled with natural light, and the Children's Room features cushioned furniture that invites parents and children to cozy up with a book. The library hosts mystery book clubs, author nights, family movie nights and children's story hours for different age groups. There is a group study room for those who need to discuss material without disturbing other patrons. It also offers a program room, with capacity for 100 people, for use by organizations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The current 28,000 square-foot structure opened in 1964 and was remodeled in 1993. In June 2010, voters approved a parcel tax to help maintain existing hours and programs at both the Los Altos and Woodland libraries.
Crime is low, but the department provides services that promotes safety through its outreach and resources on everything from traffic enforcement, municipal code violations or citation write-offs. Residents and organizations can request an officer to speak about crime prevention or assist those who want to set up a Neighborhood Watch program.
Its Web site carries a wealth of information about how to get police reports, look at annual crime statistics, and interpret third-party CrimeReports.com mapping and barking dog complaints.
The Police Department is part of the Civic Center complex on San Antonio Road, past the City Hall and the Los Altos Youth Center.