Parks & Picnic Rentals

The City of Walnut Creek has 16 parks spread throughout the City as well as over 3,000 acres of Open Space.

Picnic Rentals are available at Heather Farm Park and Larkey Park while other parks have picnic areas on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on picnic rentals click here. For a map of the parks click here.

Larkey Park is a wonderful Neighborhood Park in Walnut Creek with activities and amenities for the whole family. The park is home to Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a seasonal pool at the Larkey Swim Center ( closed until Summer 2017 for renovation), and the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society.

Reservable picnic season: March through November
Reservation time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Permits available: Up to 120 days prior to picnic date

Larkey Swim Center & Parking lot will be closed during the 2016 Picnic season due to construction. Ample street parking available.

Large Group Picnic Area:

  • Capacity - 300
  • Seating - 104
  • Tables (8 people/table) - 13
  • Small barbecues (16" x 24") - 2
  • Large barbecue (28" x 36") - 2


  • 4 tennis courts (reservation required)
  • 2 sand volleyball court
  • 1 horseshoe pit
  • 2 children's play areas
  • 1 basketball court

Things to Know:

  • The park is open from dawn until dusk.
  • Alcohol is NOT ALLOWED at Larkey Park.
  • Restrooms are available at the south side of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum building.
  • There are drinking fountains throughout the park including in the children's play areas.
  • Jump houses and inflatables are prohibited in all City of Walnut Creek parks.
  • Access to electricity and water is not available.

 Booking a Group Picnic Area

There are several ways you can book a group picnic area and obtain a permit. Reserved picnics are available up to 120 days in advance. If your chosen picnic date is more than 120 days away, you will not be able to book your picnic. Also, picnic areas must be booked at least five days prior to the event date.

If your picnic date is within 120 days and more than five days away, you may check availability and book an available date one of four ways:

Online through our registration/booking system
In person at the Heather Farm Community Center,
301 N San Carlos Drive (9am-4pm, M-F)
By phone at (925) 943-5858 (9am-4pm, M-F)
Via email at (availability only)

Read our Picnic Rental Brochure for current fees and more info.
To reserve in person, please complete a Picnic Permit Application.

Please review the information in the brochure thoroughly before you book a picnic. There are NO REFUNDS for no shows or cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to your event date. There is a $25 service fee for all cancellations or changes made more than thirty (30) days prior to your event date.

Larkey Park Contact Numbers
Larkey Swim Center (925) 943-5861
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (925) 935-1978
Recreation Office/Picnics/Volleyball (925) 943-5858
Walnut Creek Tennis Center (925) 945-0105





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