Community Park

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 Location: 480 St. Mary's Road -- 1,500 feet south of the Lafayette Community Center

The 68-acre site of Lafayette Community Park contains a diverse array of topography, wildlife and recreation opportunities. The south-end has two sports fields that are used for baseball in the Spring and soccer in the Fall. There is a group picnic area that can be reserved and several single picnic tables. A Tot Playground with an adjoining lawn is near the picnic area and fields. A footbridge leads people from the parking lot, located at 480 Saint Mary’s Road, to the fields, picnic area and public restrooms. A natural trail meanders through the entire park. Click here for a park trail map.

Bordered by Las Trampas Creek and Saint Mary's Road is a Pétanque site (French version of bocce) and picnic tables. Access is provided by a pathway from the Lafayette Community Park’s south-end parking lot.   Local Pétanque players successfully assisted the Parks, Trails & Recreation Department with the construction of the courts and provide ongoing maintenance, lessons and tournaments.  Click for more information about the Lamorinda Pétanque Club.

Las Trampas Creek has formed a narrow meandering strip with steep-sided banks along the western edge of the park and Grizzly Creek runs along the northern edge. Zones of dense riparian vegetation accompany the creeks. Flatlands along Las Trampas Creek were originally floodplains, and prior to the 1960’s were used for growing walnuts and pears. Remnants of these orchards still remain. The rolling lands form the highest ground and comprise the majority of the overall site. They support a variety of vegetative communities, including a well-developed oak woodland, open grassland and two eucalyptus groves. Wildlife and vegetation include:

trees
Box Elder 

Madrone

Valley Oak 
 California Buckeye

            Black Walnut

 Mulberry

 White Alder Coast Live Oak   Arroyo Willow
     California Bay 
 shrubs
Coyote Brush   Toyon Canyon Gooseberry 

Ninebark    

Coffeeberry  Wild Rose
Blush Lupine   Honeysuckle  California Blackberry
Hazelnut  Tefoil  Snowberry
Poison Oak

birds
Red Tail Hawks  Stellar Jays   Woodpeckers
 Great Horned Owls  Rufus Sided Towhees  Mocking Birds
 Cooper's Hawks  Brown Towhees  Black Headed Grossbeaks
 Sparrow Hawks  Turkey Vultures  Quail
 California Jays  Sparrows  Red Shafted Flicker
 Ravens  Western Bluebirds Titmouse 
White Breasted Nuthatch   Audubon Warbler Ruby Crown Kinglet 
Robin  Chickadee   
reptiles 
Blue Bellied Lizards  Gopher Snakes Garter Snakes 
 Northern Alligator Lizards  Ringed Neck Snakes  Green Racer Snakes
mammals 
Deer Opposum Rats 

Racoons

Fox

 Moles

Red Squirrels

Skunks

 Gophers

Mountain Lion 

Mice

 Shrews
amphibians 
California Newts  California Tree Frogs 

 

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