Why Visit the Parks in Walnut Creek?

Walnut Creek is a community in Contra Costa County, California, that is part of the San Francisco Bay Area's East Bay district, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) east of Oakland. Because of its position at the intersection of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco/Oakland (SR-24) and its connectivity by BART. 


Walnut Creek acts as a gateway for its surrounding communities, with a total projected population of 70,166. Its bustling business district is home to century-old towers and a plethora of high-end shopping outlets.


The city has a total area of 19.8 sq mi (51.2 km2), 0.06 percent of which is water, according to the US Census Bureau. Walnut Creek, the town's actual waterway, has been diverted under the city into a network of tunnels that begin just southwest of Macy's and end just southwest of Maria Maria Restaurant.


Walnut Creek has more green space per resident than any other municipality in California. Walnut Creek residents passed a $6.7 million bond measure in 1974, allowing the city to buy 1,800 acres of undeveloped hillsides, mountain lines, and parkland. Lime Ridge Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Acalanes Ridge Open Space, and Sugarloaf Open Space are all owned by Walnut Creek.


Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, both in Walnut Creek, are managed by the East Bay Regional Park District.


The mild summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb) of Walnut Creek is characteristic of the interior valleys of California. In the summer, high pressure dominates the area, resulting in nearly continuous sunlight and little precipitation. 


Days begin cold but soon warm up, with highs in the 80s Fahrenheit (27 to 32 degrees Celsius). During heatwaves, however, temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher are common.

The jet stream travels far enough south in the winter to allow Pacific storms to enter Walnut Creek, bringing much-needed rain – annual rainfall averages around 20 inches (510 mm), with minor fluctuations due to elevation and topography. 


Snow occurs on the summit of nearby Mount Diablo during unusually cold winters, but snow on the valley floor is extremely rare. In the winter, there are lots of bright, warm days, along with morning frost. 


The climate is ideal for growing a variety of plants and vegetables, as it is warm enough for citrus but cool enough for apples. The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a well-known botanical garden that displays a wide range of plant species.


With all these spaces and nearly perfect weather, it is no surprise that residents flock to Walnut Creek parks to spend time with family or friends. Most of these parks have awesome playgrounds for kids, wide spaces for playing, flower and plant gardens, bike trails and exercise areas. Each of these parks has something for everybody. 


So if you just want to hangout with friends or want to have a quiet time reading on the benches, Walnut Creek Parks are worth a trip.

These amazing parks are just few of the many must-see parks you don’t want to miss in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Heather Farm Park

  • Civic Park

  • Arbolado Park

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park

  • Acalanes Ridge

  • Walden Park

  • Diablo Shadows 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!