Los Altos Community Center work May 2021

Workers smooth concrete in May for the courtyard of the new Los Altos Community Center.

Los Altos has a new lead coordinator to go along with its new community center, set to open to the public Oct. 2.

Mary Jo Price will oversee and manage activities at the 24,500-square-foot facility in the city’s civic center off Hillview Avenue. Donna Legge, director of Recreation and Community Services, introduced Price to the Los Altos City Council at its July 13 meeting.

Price also will serve as staff liaison to the city’s Public Arts Commission, as well as the Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos Stage Company and the Los Altos Library.

She previously worked at the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, managing programs and operations for the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. She earned a master’s degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University.

“I’m so excited to be joining you, especially at this time with this new facility opening,” Price told the council last week. “There are so many wonderful opportunities, and I’m looking forward to working with all of you.”

Mayor Neysa Fligor and fellow council members are scheduled to attend the community center’s grand-opening event, which will include tours of the facility.

“This project is a culmination of many years of hard work and commitment from residents and city leaders and staff,” Fligor said. “I hope residents will join us for the grand opening and, more importantly, utilize the beautiful space and participate in the programs offered at the community center.”

The center includes dedicated space for senior, teen and kindergarten preparation programs, as well as flexible indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces to accommodate rentals, recreational programs, classes and events. Additional amenities include a playground, commercial kitchen, bocce ball courts and space for a future cafe.

“From the dedicated spaces for seniors and teens to the environmental materials used in the design, this community center reflects our community’s values and priorities,” Fligor said. “I am very excited that we will finally have a brand-new community center that the entire Los Altos community can enjoy for years to come.”

Noll & Tam Architects designed the space, built by Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Co. and managed by Nova Partners Inc., aiming to reflect the unique character of Los Altos and serve all segments of the community, and using feedback provided during a community engagement process.

“Every aspect of the new community center, from the architecture, landscaping, building materials and art, strongly ties into Los Altos’ rich history and culture,” Legge said. “Our mission is to create a space for everyone, and we are excited to continue driving inclusivity and accessibility through recreational programs, services and social opportunities hosted at the Los Altos Community Center.”

As the move-in continues, city officials said the focus will be on training staff and supporting the management and operation of the center. The next step – scheduled Thursday – will include removing the fencing surrounding the center. While the center will not officially open until the fall, the parking lot will be available for public use.

For updates and more information on the Los Altos Community Center and the grand opening, visit losaltosca.gov/communitycenter.