Community Services Department

What We Do

The Community Services Department offers dozens of urban and neighborhood 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!

Visit the Palo Alto Unified School District website for information on the Cubberley Community Center Master Plan.

Areas of Work

CSD is separated into the following areas.

Enjoy! Classes & Activities

We're back safely!
Check out our catalog of onsite, in-person classes for adults and children with enhanced safety protocols and modified class structures as well as adult and youth virtual classes.  Visit EnjoyOnline! To browse a full listing of programs or contact us at  Visit our Virtual Programs page to browse our current programs.

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Veterans Day 2020: Volunteer, Donate or Attend a Virtual Event

While we may not be able to gather in person this year, community members can still celebrate and honor our Veterans. Show your support by volunteering, writing letters to the troops, or attending a virtual Veterans Day Event. Below is a shortlist of examples on how you can honor veterans this Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11.

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Rinconada Pool Schedule and Fees

Rinconada Pool Schedule and Fees

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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.
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Proposed Peers Park Dog Park

The scope of work for the project consists of installing a defined dog park area in the rear of Peers Park.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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