Bob brought people together, listened to everyone, & proposed the Stockmen's Park Agreement


There is overwhelming community-wide support by Livermore Citizens and these organizations 

  • Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Association 

  • Interfaith Housing, Inc.

  • Livermore Downtown, Inc.

  • Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce 

  • Livermore Shakespeare Festival Association 

  • Quest Science Center 2.0

  • Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association

  • Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group


The Story of the Stockmen's Park Agreement

Livermore has a rich western heritage based on ranching and farming.    It runs in the DNA of this town, from its beautiful vineyards to its annual rodeo.   Stockmen’s Park will continue to connect the residents of Livermore to that western heritage.  

Back in 1962, the Livermore Stockmen’s Rodeo Association was promised a central park and a monument to honor Livermore Valley veterans in exchange for land where the current Livermore Civic Center stands today.  Unfortunately, neither park nor monument was ever created on that property.  

Because the city purchased the land between Livermore Avenue and L Street with affordable housing funds, Livermore was obligated to provide affordable housing downtown.  In 2017, as decisions were being made regarding the downtown site, groups began collaborating.

Bob’s collaborative efforts brought together Laning Thompson of Interfaith Housing, Stockman Dave Finster, and Stockman and Vietnam Veteran Don Staysa.  A plan was set in motion that would eventually become the Stockmen’s Park Agreement.  The Livermore Stockmen’s Rodeo Association would allow the city to build affordable housing on the remaining 3.5 acres of the site where a park was promised back in 1962. In exchange, the Stockmen’s Association agreed to accept a downtown park to honor Livermore’s western heritage along with a monument dedicated to veterans of the Livermore Valley, surrounding cultural elements, and additional retail.


Thanks to Bob’s ability to bring people together, listen to their needs, and then take action, he was able to make this downtown park happen.  This agreement provides additional open space downtown while adding 140 units of affordable veteran and senior housing on Pacific Avenue.

Bob and the rest of the council were then able to create another piece of open space that will become Veteran’s Park.  

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These parks will offer:

  • 3.5 acres of continuous public open space that will stretch from L Street across Livermore Avenue to Shea Plaza in front of The Bankhead Theater 


  • A playground and interactive public art


  • A monument dedicated to Livermore veterans


  • A black box theater known as “The SPARC theater” 


  • A new science and society center called “The QUEST Science Center”


    ....all while engaging the expansion of Blacksmith Square. 

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