Parks and recreation are resources and services provided for the purpose of leisure, entertainment and recreation. Resources may include public spaces and facilities such as parks, nature reserves, open space areas, greenways, trails and built structures for sports, recreation or arts programs. Examples of services include recreation programs, athletic leagues, special events, arts programs and environmental education programmes. The City of Walnut is characterized by beautifully maintained trails, parkland and state-of – the-art recreation facilities. Residents can enjoy more than 30 miles of trails, 11 city parks and various recreational facilities along with city sports classes and leagues, recreation classes, summer camps, seasonal water lessons and excursions for all ages. 

Why It’s Essential 

Just as water, sewer and public safety are considered to be essential public services, parks are vitally important for establishing and maintaining the quality of life of the community, for ensuring the health of families and youth, and for contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of the community and the region. There are no communities that pride themselves on their quality of life, promote themselves as a desirable location for businesses to relocate, or maintain that they are environmental managers of their natural resources, without such communities having a robust, active system of parks and recreation programs for public use and enjoyment. 

The Parks

The City of Walnut Parks system includes eleven parks with more than 90 acres of maintained facilities. The convenient location of the parks allows residents to have a recreation area near their neighborhood where they can enjoy a picnic, celebrate a birthday party or just relax with family or friends. Residents of Walnut may reserve Snow Creek, Creekside, Lemon Creek or Suzanne Park by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department at least one week in advance. Please note: Walnut residents are those who live within the city’s municipal boundaries, not those who have a “Walnut” postal code.  The southern boundary of the City is on the north side of Valley Boulevard.

Reservation Policy

Reservations for parties include tables and grills and are first served. The City does not allow the moon to bounce or the carnival to ride in the park. Reservations of 150 or more must be approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and must be made at least four weeks in advance. Parks may not be reserved for major vacations.

This well-known government office is located near the following offices in Walnut Creek, California:


  • Walnut Creek Public Services Department
  • Walnut Creek Traffic Operation
  • Walnut Creek Parks Division
  • CalPERS Walnut Creek Regional Office
  • City Engineering
  • DMV Walnut Creek
  • Sugarloaf Ranger Station
  • Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s Office

All of these wonderful offices are located just a short distance from our location on Boulevard Circle in historic Walnut Creek, California.