Lafayettes Downtown offers charming treelined streets, a fine selection of quality stores, world-class restaurants, shops, theaters, and more.
Lafayette is famous for its excellent public school system. The Lafayette School District educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The District offers a full range of services based on the needs of the students, yet the basic instructional day centers around the core subjects: reading, language arts, mathematics, and science.
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is one of the greenest buildings in Lamorinda, with many LEED features, such as water-efficient landscaping, occupancy sensors for lighting controls, use of large windows and skylights for natural light.
Lafayettes Mediterranean climate offers perfect growing conditions for drought-tolerant plants like rosemary, lavender and California poppies – not to mention a great climate for growing fruits and vegetables year-round.
Lafayette has an average of 262 sunny days annually, compared to a national average of 205, making it an ideal community in which to take advantage of solar power. In fact, all of the Lafayette School District’s public schools have installed solar panels, which produce more than 438 thousand watts of electricity (enough to power almost 30,000 compact fluorescent bulbs).
The beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, a 550-acre undisturbed oak woodland located just a half mile from downtown, stores drinking water for EBMUD customers and offers hiking, biking, jogging, fishing, boating, picnicking, a children’s playground and live concerts.
Lafayette is home to the Urban Farmers, a nonprofit organization which harvests backyard fruit for donation to food banks and other community organizations. They are now planting “giving orchards” for the sole purpose of donating fruit to those who need access to fresh, healthy, local food.
Lafayette is bike-friendly. Signs are posted throughout the city, providing cyclists with directions and distance to local destinations, like the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The signs also designate preferred routes throughout Lafayette, so that cyclists can avoid high traffic areas on Mt. Diablo Blvd. The road improvements being made downtown include installation of additional bike racks and high visibility crosswalks.
Lafayette’s new Community Garden and Outdoor learning center, located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd, across the street from the Lafayette Reservoir, offers a beautiful setting for members to grow organic food, hold educational classes and events, and provide a wealth of resources for local gardeners.
Lafayette has over 40-miles of dedicated trails and more than 90-acres of public sports fields, playgrounds, and the downtown plaza. Hike 3 miles of trails in the Lafayette Community Park, and about 6-miles of City trails which connect to other hiking areas such as the Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette Ridge and Briones Regional Park.
The majority of Lafayette’s restaurants and all of its schools participate in the Food Scrap Recycling Program, in partnership with Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority and Allied Waste. Collected food scraps are turned into clean, renewable energy in bio-digesters located at EBMUD’s water treatment facility in Oakland