Pleasanton is a community of 67,700. It is a family-oriented community that prides itself on the numerous parks and recreation facilities and programs, with the historic downtown serving as the heart of the community. At the crossroads of I-580 and I-880, Pleasanton is number 63 in CNN Money Magazine’s list of “The Best Places to Live” in 2010, and was also named one of “Americans’ Top Hometown Spots” in the United States in 2009 by Forbes. There are two BART stations, and the WHEELS local bus transit system, as well as the Altamont Commuter Express rail, serving Pleasanton and connecting it to its neighboring cities.
Pastoral Pleasanton celebrates its rural roots each Saturday morning 9-1pm, year-round, rain or shine, at the Farmers Market, on Main Street and W. Angela Street. It is a lively community with a free Friday Concerts in the Park series, June through September, just off 1st St. in Wayside Park. There is also free Shakespeare in the Park, first Wednesdays Street Parties downtown, the Pleasanton Heritage Festival, and the Pleasanton Fair, which is held the last week of June through the first week of July. Stoneridge Shopping Center offers great shopping, dining and entertainment, as does the lively downtown, which lends itself to outdoor dining and people-watching in Pleasanton’s wonderful climate.
Pleasanton offers a variety of performing, visual, and literary arts through its Civic Arts program. These include a series of professional entertainment programs, public art pieces around town, the popular poetry reading series, and art events for youth. Pleasanton is also home to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, which hosts statewide and regional events, as well as the annual award-winning Alameda County Fair. The Pleasanton community is committed to maintaining the standards that make this a wonderful place to live, visit, work and play.
Pleasanton’s two high schools, Amador Valley and Foothill, are ranked by Newsweek among the top 400 high schools in the nation. There are also two continuation high schools, Village and Horizon, the latter is for school age mothers and young fathers.
Parks and Recreation
Pleasanton offers 42 neighborhood and community parks, including, on the east side of town on Stanley Boulevard near the Livermore border, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, a lake for swimming, fishing, boating, and it has a great waterslide. On the west side is the Pleasanton Ridge and Augustin Bernal Park with 24 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore and enjoy.