Parks & Picnic Rentals

In response to the Contra Costa Health Services order to cease non-essential operations and gatherings in order to limit community exposure to COVID-19, all City buildings are closed until further notice.

The following outdoor recreation facilities have reopened: Boundary Oak Golf Course, Heather Farm Tennis Center, tennis & pickleball courts in various parks, Disc Golf at Walden Park, Heather Farm Skate Park, Heather Farm Dog Park. Full info and guidelines available at

All playgrounds remain closed. All parks and open space are currently open. Please respect social distancing recommendations when visiting our parks. 

For more information on the County Public Health Order see the Stay Home FAQ or call the Contra Costa Health Services Call center at (844) 729-8410 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please visit Conta Costa Health Services for the latest updates. City of Walnut Creek updates are available here.


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.

  • Civic Park

    1. Address:1375 Civic Dr
      Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    1. 16.7 Acres
    2. Open Dawn to Dusk
    3. 2-5 year old Playground
    4. 5-12 year old Playground
    5. Community Center
    6. Dogs allowed on leash
    7. Gazebo
    8. Ice Rink-Seasonal (Winter)
    9. Library
    10. Parking available
    11. Picnic Area (non-reservable)
    12. Restroom
    13. Trail Connections
    1. Parks
Civic Park playgroundThis multi-dimensional park connections to the Iron Horse Trail and Creek Walk. Community center with seniors’ programs, gazebo, Civic Arts Studios, Park Place and Assembly Hall all programmed through ARCS. Civic park is also home to the Bufano Hand of Piece.







Butterfly GardenThe park also features habitat gardens. Enter the park parking lot via Civic Drive, and then cross the orange-colored wood and metal bridge to the left. The habitat gardens are nestled between the Iron Horse Trail and the ball field.

The habitat gardens were originally designed by John Northmore Roberts and installed in 1996 by LandArt. In 1999, the City hired consultant Dann McCright and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum to oversee the habitat gardens' development. Since then, the gardens have become a virtual oasis for more than 25 species of butterfly and 130 species of California native plants.


butterflyVisitors will find a variety of interpretive signs at the habitat gardens. Park visitors can walk along the pathways or enjoy resting in the shade of Valley oak trees hundreds of years old. The Creek Walk which follows Walnut Creek also makes its way through the habitat gardens.



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