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Arbalado Park
Arbolado Dr & Doncaster Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Nestled in a quiet residential area of Northgate, Arbolado Park is a 26-acre park with all the amenities for sportsMore lovers, young and old. And the lush green lawn evokes calm and tranquility after a long day of walking through the trails.

What's here: Arbolado Park has all the amenities for sports lovers of all ages. There is a large asphalt area with four basketball hoops, three tennis courts and a large grassy field for soccer, which can be rented out to organized groups. There is also a direct connection to the Iron Horse Trail. 

Coolest feature: There are two dual playgrounds catering to all ages. The playground for younger aged kids has three play structures; the biggest with four toddler swings and a twisty slide, the mid-size structure for young climbers just learning to roam through a play structure on their own and a truck shaped play structure for imaginative play. The playground for the older kids has one large play structure with four child swings, a twisty slide, a multi-level climbing area and a roller slide. An orchard with a small trail surrounded by bushes is directly behind this playground where older kids can roam and make believe they are in a jungle or out on an adventure.

Ideal for: Active children and adults can enjoy the large grassy field overlooking of Mount Diablo to rest or have a picnic. Also, children can continue playing on the play structures after a sports game or practice.

How's the sand? The Arbolado Park sand seems to be a favorite among many parents who visit. The sand is fairly medium sized, grainier than fine in texture and easy to dust off small hands and feet.

When you're done playing:  The Park is nestled in a residential area without any commercial buildings nearby. The Iron Horse Trail is connected to the park so many running groups meet at the park as a starting point when training for marathons.

Parking? Two parking lots, first by the playground structure and the second one is hard to locate. The lot does not have a sign so visitors must turn into the second driveway in order to locate and park.

Restroom proximity: Public restroom is located near the second parking lot and at the far end of the park. Not ideal for young children.

Safety Concerns? The biggest complaint for parents of young children is the location of the public restroom. It is on the farthest end of the park and many parents opt to leave the park to take their kids to the restroom rather than lugging all their belongings with their children.