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The Livermore Area Recreation & Parks District is a multifaceted agency that was created in 1947 by a vote of the public. It provides recreation and parks for the 245 square mile area bounded by Contra Costa County to the north, San Joaquin County to the east, Santa Clara County to the south and Cities of Pleasanton and Dublin to the west. The agency provides 29 neighborhood parks ranging from two to twelve acres in size; three community parks with such amenities as an equestrian center and rodeo grounds, sand-based all-weather soccer fields and soccer and ball fields; four open space parks totaling 1,360 acres; and 10 special-use parks. LARPD provides school-aged child care to youth at all eleven Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District elementary schools. After-school programs are offered at all four middle schools. Preschool is available for children from as young as 3 months. The District is also the provider of community classes, youth and adult sports, aquatics, environmental education, and senior services and special events throughout the year. The independent special district’s combined operating and capital 2012-2013 budget is $20,264,535. The bulk of the funding comes from program fees, property taxes and a special tax. The agency also obtains funding through the City of Livermore’s parkland dedication or in-lieu fees for new park development. As part of a joint bond measure with the City of Livermore and the LVJUSD, LARPD built a $27 million dollar community center at Robert Livermore Park on East Avenue and Loyola Way. The 71,000 square foot facility includes a teen center, senior center, numerous meeting and activity rooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a 500+ seat ballroom/banquet room and two outdoor pools. The facility opened in March of 2005.