Sunnyvale, Calif., located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of the constituent cities of Silicon Valley. The city has a population of about 140,000 and is home to a host of high-tech, aerospace and defense companies. The city contains multiple award-winning parks and a continuing commitment to its citizens through its support of the arts and the upkeep of several public facilities, including a community center, skate parks and historical museums.
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum (heritageparkmuseum.org) is a replica of the Murphy Family house. The Murphys were some of the original settlers in what is now Sunnyvale, which was initially called Murphy Station. The Murphys donated the land that makes up Sunnyvale in order to extend California railroad lines. The museum contains permanent and rotating exhibitions focusing on the development of society in the Sunnyvale area. The museum contains replicas of the Murphys' dining room, kitchen, bedroom and parlor along with an upstairs area for rotating displays and a conference room. Membership fees for the Heritage Park Society are $30 per year for individuals and $50 per year for families.
WeirdStuff Warehouse (weirdstuff.com) is a public electronics warehouse that buys, sells and trades miscellaneous hardware and software from Silicon Valley. Billed as a "retail museum" representing "the trailing edge of technology," WeirdStuff Warehouse is a 10,000-square-foot store housing all sorts of vintage electronics and gadgets in addition to recycled Silicon Valley equipment for low prices. Items sold include hard drives, printers, computers, monitors, modems, power supplies, speakers, video cards, industrial equipment and much more.
Sunnyvale Skatepark has 18,500 square feet of skating slopes, dishes, walls, ledges, bowls and street-skate areas. The park is suitable for both novice and expert skaters. The park is open to the public and admission is free and is recommended for skaters aged 14 and up. Sunnyvale Skatepark is open from dawn to dusk and located conveniently close to San Jose.
Sunnyvale Community Center
Sunnyvale Community Center is a public recreation complex offering a variety of exercise and artistic activities. Facilities include the Creative Arts Center, Performing Arts Center, Indoor Sports Center, Recreation Center and the Arboretum Complex. The center also has Internet-ready conference rooms and banquet halls. The Sunnyvale Community Center also maintains a 200-seat performing arts theater for public usage. The theater is designed to accommodate plays, concerts and other events. Two theater companies -- the California Theater Center and the Sunnyvale Community Players -- perform more than 300 plays each year.