Brentwood is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population is 51,481 as of 2010, an increase of 121 percent from 23,302 at the 2000 census.
Brentwood began as a farming community in the late 19th century, and still is known throughout the Bay Area for its agricultural products, primarily its cherries, corn and peaches. Due to urban sprawl many of the old farms and orchards have been replaced by suburban developments since 1990. Brentwood is increasingly residential, with the rate of population growth in the triple digits during the 1990s and 69% from 2000 through 2005.
Brentwood was one of 212 cities designated by KaBOOM! as a Playful City USA for 2010 – one of only 23 such cities in California and only three in Northern California. This is the seventh consecutive year that Brentwood has been listed. Each community selected demonstrated creative commitments to the cause of play and fitness. Brentwood was selected for a variety of reasons, including that fact that it offers the community its Wellness Policy, a community-wide aspirational goal which promotes physical activity and education as the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Brentwood has 68 parks and 17 smaller pocket parks within nearly 12 square miles (31 km2), and miles of jogging trails, to support healthy lifestyles.
The visual and performing arts are well represented in Brentwood. The city is home to the Brentwood Art Society, which sponsors events such as the annual Art, Wine, and Jazz Festival, the Artists Open Studio Tour, open mic nights, and other gatherings and shows. The Art Society is also a supporter of the Brentwood Theater Company, which since 2010 has been producing Broadway musicals and musical reviews in venues around the city. In spring 2014, a major art gallery was opened in the Streets of Brentwood shopping center.
Points of interest:
- East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum – east of Brentwood on Sellers Road.
- Los Vaqueros Reservoir (official website)
- Marsh Creek Regional Trail (official website)
- Round Valley Regional Preserve (official website)
- Vasco Caves Regional Preserve (official website)
- Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
- Brentwood Civic Center
- Streets of Brentwood shopping center
- John Marsh House – historic home, currently not open to the public; managed by the John Marsh Historic Trust.