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  Howe Homestead Park
City of Walnut Creek Open Space and Trails Division

Howe Homestead Park

 Where it is:2950 Walnut Boulevard

 When it's open:Every day from sunrise to sunset.

 Whom to call:For tours, special events, or information on the community garden, call Open Space Ranger Art Janke, 925-256-3521.

 What it offers:Crossing over the old stone bridge from the Howe Homestead parking lot one gets an impression of the area as it appeared in the late 1930’s.

The park is named after James P. Howe one of the earliest and best-known Associated Press world correspondents. Jim and his wife Mia purchased the property in 1910 and lived there till 1970. Jim traveled the world interviewing well know personalities and reporting on the events of that era.

Jim called his home “Gopher Gulch” due to the vast number of gopher holes. He retired here in 1935. For more on Howe, click here. For hikers, the six-and-a-half acre park is next to the Shell Ridge Open Space preserve. Hikers can start on the Kovar Trail and walk to the crest of Mount Diablo 10 miles away.

Extras:The Howe Homestead Community garden offers residents a chance to try their hand at old-time country gardening. Current gardeners grow everything from food crops to ornamental flowers. There is a 5-year waiting list for one of the 24' x 24' plots.