Open Space

The City of Walnut Creek Open Space division manages over 3000 acres of Open Space in four unique areas and over seven miles of neighborhood trails. These areas have been set aside to preserve natural resources, protect wildlife habitat and corridors, and provide recreation opportunities.

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Borges Ranch is nestled in the foothills of Mount Diablo at the southeast side of Shell Ridge. It was established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and his family and is a great example of an early 20th century central California cattle ranch. Today many of the original buildings and structures still exist including the Borges family home which is one of seven structures  placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Click here for the history of Borges Ranch. The ranch contains barns, corrals, outbuildings, a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment. A number of farm animals call the ranch home including goats, chickens, pigs, and sheep cared for by Pleasant Hill 4-H.

The picnic area and barn can be reserved by groups for day use and special events.

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Dogs: Permitted at most areas of the ranch but they must be leashed at all times. Pets are not permitted in the animal pastures, at programs, tours, or events.

Hours: The ranch area is open for viewing daily from 7:00am to sunset. Free Ranch tours are available once a month and a monthly open house is held where visitors may tour through the buildings at their leisure. Staff is on hand to answer questions. Learn what it was like to live and work on a family ranch in the late 19th and early 20th Century. 

Educational Programs are conducted at the ranch for school-aged children and civic groups. For reservations and information on school/group tours contact Supervising Ranger Nancy Dawson Dollard at 925/943-5899 x2135 or at

Patrick Hanna Grove Picnic Area & Bob Pond:  Just below the Borges Ranch is the Patrick Hanna Grove Picnic Area. There are picnic tables, restrooms, an amphitheater, a large turf area and seasonal pond. The picnic area and amphitheater can be reserved by groups for day use and overnight camping.




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