City Park, now Civic Park, was Walnut Creek's first park, opening in 1949 on the site of an old sewage farm that had closed when the Sanitary District took over sewer operations. 

A lighted ballfield and tennis courts are available at City Park. It also became the host of the well-attended Walnut Festival, which takes place every September. In 1976, the Walnut Festival relocated to Heather Farm Park.

The Iron Horse Trail and Creek Walk are both accessible from this multifaceted park. ARCS also programmed a community center with senior activities, a gazebo, Civic Arts Studios, Park Place, and Assembly Hall. The Bufano Hand of Piece is also located in Civic Park.

The “Hand of Peace” sculpture was made by renowned artist Benjamin Bufano, who is said to have once cut off his trigger finger and given it to President Woodrow Wilson in protest of World War I.

There are also nature gardens in the park. From Civic Drive, enter the park parking lot and proceed to the left to cross the orange-colored wood and metal bridge. Along the Iron Horse Trail and the ball field are the wildlife gardens.

John Northmore Roberts planned the habitat gardens, which were constructed by LandArt in 1996. The city employed consultant Dann McCright and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum to oversee the construction of the nature gardens in 1999.

Since then, the gardens have been a haven for more than 25 butterfly species and 130 California native plant species.


At the habitat parks, visitors can see a number of interpretive signs. Visitors to the park will stroll along the paths or relax in the shade of Valley oak trees that are hundreds of years old. The nature gardens are also accessible via the Creek Walk, which follows Walnut Creek.



  • Open from dawn to dusk on 16.7 acres

  • Playground for children aged 2 to 5 years and 6 to 12 years 

  • Community Center 

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash.

  • Seasonal Gazebo Ice Rink (Winter)

  • Parking 

  • Library.

  • Area for Picnics (non-reservable)

  • Trail Connections 

  • Restrooms

This amazing park is just one of the many must-see parks you don’t want to miss in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Heather Farm Park

  • Arbolado Park

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park

  • Acalanes Ridge

  • Walden Park

  • Howe Homestead Park

  • Heather Farm Dog Park

  • Sugarloaf Open Space 


All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek!