The city of Walnut Creek’s Recreation Division coordinates the use of 22 city parks, 13 playfields, 33 tennis courts, two community centers, two swim centers and two gyms.
- Leisure Services also offer recreational and educational classes for residents of all ages.
- The Tice Valley Gym, built by the city in partnership with the Jewish Community Center, is equipped with state-of-the-art aerobic studios, classrooms, basketball courts and outdoor facilities.
- The Aquanuts Synchronized Swim Team, whose members were 1996 Olympic Gold Medalists, train at the Clarke Memorial Swim Center in Heather Farm Park. Each year, thousands use the aquatic facilities as a regular part of their fitness regime.
- Horse lovers enjoy the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek, a six-acre public riding and training facility. Castle Rock Arabians, an Arabian horse ranch, also has riding lessons and summer horse camps providing fun for the whole family. Golfers find plenty of action in a stunning setting at the 18-hole Boundary Oak Golf Course with hilltop views of Walnut Creek.
- For those interested in taking their lunch break on the links, Diablo Hills Golf Course has a 9-hole course a short chip shot from downtown.
- The Contra Costa Canal Trail provides miles of greenbelt, linking Walnut Creek with surrounding cities. Although the trail passes through the urban heart of the county, it gives hikers, bicyclists and rollerbladers a rural change of pace.
- The Iron Horse Trail provides the county with an important form of recreation and an alternative commute. The trail connects parks, neighborhoods, and urban centers, and is expanding its reach well beyond Concord to the north and Pleasanton to the south.
- For the more adventurous, the city has preserved 2,704 acres of undeveloped open space divided into four areas. These natural preserves attract bird-watchers year-round and overflow with brilliantly colored wild flowers during the spring:
- Acalanes Ridge – 178 acres with many miles of hiking trails
- Lime Ridge – approximately 924 acres
- Shell Ridge – more than 20 miles of hiking and equestrian trials
- Sugarloaf Open Space – five miles of hiking trails, as well as one of the area’s few remaining walnut orchards
- Visitors experience early-settler style living and learn about the environment at the Old Borges Ranch. An environmental program teaches children, students and civic groups hands-on ranching experience. Encompassing 20,000 square acres, Mount Diablo State Park is a natural wonder with 150 miles of hiking trails and breathtaking views. Picnic areas, campgrounds and a visitor’s center are located at the top of Mount Diablo.
- Just minutes west by car or Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is San Francisco, a world-renowned travel destination.