To enhance the experience of living in our community; to play an active role in helping it be a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling place (and way) to live.


In June 1975 the City of Belvedere and Town of Tiburon entered into a Joint Powers Agreement that established the Belvedere-Tiburon Joint Recreation Committee. The purpose of the agreement was to create a recreation committee that would formulate, administer and operate recreation programs and facilities for the residents of Belvedere and Tiburon. Although we are still officially Belvedere-Tiburon Joint Recreation Committee, in 2013 we changed our name to The Ranch.

The governing committee consists of nine members, four appointed by the City of Belvedere (one of which is a council member), four appointed by the Town of Tiburon (one of which is a council member) and a ninth member appointed by and being a member of the Reed Union School District.

Through the years it has been expressly understood that the purpose of creating a separate public entity was to ensure that recreation services for Tiburon Peninsula residents would be supported by participant fees rather than subsidized by tax dollars.

The department’s ability to maintain a self-supporting status can be attributed to the committee’s emphasis on providing quality recreation programs while strictly allocating available resources. The department’s budget supports eight administrators and 6 part-time recreation leaders.

Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation offers over 500 classes and activities each year and registers over 4,800 participants in association with these programs! We look forward to being able to share with you all the wonderful programs and services we have to offer.


Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation is thrilled to introduce our new name, The Ranch, and the opening of our brand new home, Dairy Knoll.

I am so excited to introduce you to The Ranch. We are exhilarated, grateful and inspired by the community’s vote of confidence in our work and are awed by the generosity that has given us our new facility.

Once the building plans were finalized, we realized this gave us the opportunity to make the move more than a simple change of address: it was a chance for a fresh start, a catalyst to take a strong organization and make it an even stronger contributor to the quality of life on the Tiburon Peninsula. So, we are using this rare moment in time to be better; to not think like a department or public agency, but to think like an innovator in a competitive business. We are dedicated to enhancing the way we live today.

Why The Ranch? Not so long ago, the Tiburon Peninsula was a working ranch and dairy. Conceptually the attributes of a working ranch are similar to those to which we aspire: a sense of working together to build a strong community, a strength of character, respect for the environment and for each other. We intend for The Ranch to be purposeful and active. Besides Dairy Knoll, we will continue to offer programs and activities at Belvedere Community Center, Reed School, Angel Island and McKegney Green.