The park offers picnic areas, tot lots, swings, a water elements, sand volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, and half court basketball, along with lots of room to relax under shade trees. The reservable group picnic area, located near the bandshell is available for rent and accommodates up to 85 persons. An addition to the Commons Park in 2004 was the Lamorinda Skatepark. The skatepark is open from 9:00 a.m. to dusk daily.
The bandshell stage is open to a large hillside where ample seating is available on the lawn. The bandshell is available for rent and comes with the reservable group picnic area. There is an enclosed wing which is used as a concession stand during the annual free Summer Concerts offered through the Parks and Recreation Department and funded by the Moraga Parks and Recreation Foundation.
This park is set in the midst of rolling hills at the outskirts of town and has tot lots, swings, picnic areas, a par course, sand volleyball, limited off-leash dog hours, an amphitheater and large lawn all set among the trees. In 2004, a children’s wooden train and train station was installed for young park goers to enjoy. There is a group picnic area which accommodates 200 persons available for rent. Parking is limited and car-pooling is strongly encouraged.
An Authentic Spanish style mansion, the Hacienda de las Flores sits on land that was once the hunting ground for Miwok Indians. The historic Town-owned structure is painted white with blue trim, and is surrounded by beautifully maintained park grounds. Inside the Hacienda, hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, a fire place and red leather furniture create a warm and inviting setting. Outdoors, a large lawn spreads out behind the building, enhanced by blue spruce trees, weeping willows, palms and flowers. A circular flower bed and fountain in the middle of the patio serve as the focal point for large parties or wedding receptions
From the upper Hacienda lawn, flagstone stairs lead down to the Pavilion, a semi-circular building with huge Corinthian columns overlooking a walled garden with lawn and patio. A set of large wrought-iron gates leads guests into the enclosure, where small seated functions or ceremonies can take place.
Tranquil and secluded, the Hacienda de las Flores offers one of the prettiest garden environments for special events in the East Bay.
Moraga is nestled amidst some spectacular ridgelines, and there are many terrific hiking trails. Try the moderate six-mile Rocky Ridge – King Canyon Loop, which starts at the Valle Vista Staging Area on Canyon Rd. This is part of the web of trails maintained by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and a Trail Use Permit is required. The permit is only $10 for a year and is available online at http://www.moragaparks.org/TrailsGuide.html. You can also a get a permit at the Hacienda de Las Flores, the Lafayette Reservoir and Watershed Headquarters in Orinda. The Mulholland Ridge is another not-to-be missed hike that will reward you with stunning panoramic views. Pick up the trail at the top of Donald Drive. Birders will want to keep an eye out for white-tailed kites, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. The Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail Loop is a rather strenuous hike itself but features easy access trails to the Reservoir Recreation Area for fishing, pedal-boating and other fun activities. Click here for trail maps.