Walnut Creek Open Space is open to hiking, biking, riding, bicycling, dog walking, and equestrian use as long as adequate social distancing is maintained. Picnic areas are open, and picnics are approved for groups of no more than 12 people, as per county regulations.
The Open Space division of the City of Walnut Creek maintains over 3000 acres of open space in four distinct areas, as well as over seven miles of neighborhood trails. These areas have been set aside to conserve natural resources, wildlife habitat, and wildlife corridors, as well as to provide recreational opportunities.
Walnut Creek residents voted in 1974 to set aside nearly 2,500 acres of rolling, oak-dotted grassland as permanent open space for all to enjoy. These undeveloped ridgelands were bought with bond proceeds with the goal of keeping them in a near-natural state in perpetuity. The voters have developed a system to preserve and maintain these open space lands, first through a Contra Costa County Special District and then through a Walnut Creek agency. The first steward of these magnificent properties was an open space ranger, the nation’s first “city ranger.”
The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation was founded in 1979 as a charitable, tax-exempt organization to promote the enhancement and preservation of open space lands, as well as to educate the public about the educational and recreational opportunities available within the four recreation areas that had been established. Audrey Bramhall, Gary Ginder, Robert Jasperson, Hardy Miller, and Marlene White were the initial incorporators.
The Foundation is capable of raising funds for a number of open space-related purposes, and it has served as an informal advisory body to the City of Walnut Creek on topics such as the acquisition of important additions to existing natural areas over the years.
It is a nice place with difficult hills and rewarding downhill trails. There are so many lovely open spaces to discover in Walnut Creek!
A park is a natural, semi-natural, or cultivated area set aside for human enjoyment and recreation, as well as the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats. Open spaces set aside for recreation within towns and cities are known as urban parks.
This amazing park is just one of the many must-see parks you don’t want to miss nine Walnut Creek, California:
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!
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