Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Piedmont California Photos --It's Spring!

Piedmont Photo Gallery

Welcome to Piedmont in Spring. Each year I'll add photos by season. These are shots of the town's civic center:

The Excedra near the tot playground in central Piedmont Park is the psychological center of town. The wide stairs behind it form an informal amphitheater for events, while the patio in front is a classic hangout for students just finished with classes at Piedmont High School next door.

Easter Egg Hunt-Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park gets heavy use from families, middle school students testing their physics experiments, movie goers at the summer movie series, music lovers at the several free band concerts each year, brides and grooms, and here, from tots hunting for Easter eggs.

Firehouse and City Hall
The firehouse (voted the most kid-friendly in the Bay Area recently) and City Hall next door are at the core of town. Their architecture and gardens reflect the town's style and sophistication.

Piedmont High School is regularly rated the best public high school in the state. Smaller Millennium High School, next door, offers more flexible curricula carefully tailored to meet the needs of its student body with diverse interests.

PMS and Witter Field
Witter Field, redeveloped several years ago, is surrounded by Wildwood Elementary School, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School. In addition to hosting the schools' soccer, football, track, softball, baseball, and other sports teams, the field is used by once-a-month joggers as well as world class runners. A shady path through the redwood grove links the field area with Piedmont Park.

Piedmont Rec. Dept
Housed in a former mansion, the Piedmont Recreation Department organizes after school clay, woodworking, tai kwon doh and other classes; manages the on-site after school programs at the elementary schools; recruits for the middle school team sports; links up with the community's youth sports leagues; and coordinates age-appropriate summer day camps--in addition to evening pick up basketball and summer softball for adults.

Piedmont Pool
Piedmont's heated pool, located between the "Rec" and the public tennis courts, carries many lap swimmers through the winter months. Come spring and summer, however, things really heat up with the affordable swimming lessons, swim team, and plain old kid play. The town's public pool is leased to the membership-managed Piedmont Swim Club.

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