Burlingame Community Information

As part of San Mateo County, Burlingame is a bedroom community for San Francisco to an extent. This upscale city boasts a thriving economy in its own right, however, and executive suburbs can be found throughout the area. The city draws plenty of residents who want to work in the big city while enjoying the quiet lifestyle and community spirit of a smaller town.

History

The city of Burlingame began life as part of a land grant. The land was given by the governor to a friend to repay a debt. More than a thousand acres were later sold to Anson Burlingame, the United States Minister to China. The Burlingame Country Club - the state's first - was founded in 1893 and the following year a post office opened, making the fledgling town's name official. The city today covers 5.5 square miles and is primarily residential.

Recreation

Burlingame, California is home to an extensive network of parks and open space, designed to meet the recreational needs of residents of all ages. Facilities range in size and scope from Mills Canyon-a large wildlife area for hiking and exploring - to Paloma Playground, a small facility for young children. Approximately 15 parks can be found throughout the city, as can indoor recreational facilities as well as a Dog Park. The San Francisco Bay Trail System also winds through Burlingame, providing opportunities for walking and cycling.

Community

Community residents take great pride in their city's heritage and traditions. A vast array of public events fills the city's social calendar each year, including festivals, parades, carnivals and holiday celebrations with many unique items available to buy. Burlingame hosts an Art in the Park Festival and an Art and Jazz Festival. A Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place each December, in addition to the city's famous Burlingame Avenue Holiday Open House.

Education

Schools in Burlingame are outstanding. Burlingame High School is a longtime community fixture and graduates frequently become lifelong residents of the town. Students in Burlingame boast high test scores and graduating seniors are readily accepted into the state university system. For those interested in other options, plenty of private and parochial schools are available including Montessori, Presbyterian and Methodist schools. For post-secondary education, the College of San Mateo is nearby as are the many excellent schools of the San Francisco area.

Local Events

Burlingame, CA residents are understandably delighted to live in such an exciting city, and they have plenty of opportunities to get out and show their community spirit. Every Sunday from May through November, "The Fresh Market" takes place. This outdoor market features a wide variety of fresh produce from local vendors, as well as cooking demonstrations by local chefs and opportunities to get involved with local nonprofit organizations. "Commerce and Coffee" - which occurs several times each year - is a forum that highlights issues of interest to local businesses. A community golf tournament takes place each year, and the "Music in the Park" concert series features musical acts each Sunday afternoon in July in Washington Park.

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