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Creekside Terrace
1390 Creekside Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
This is a cozy apartment complex with a tree-lined driveway. Two- and three-story buildings share a small pool. One- andMore two-bedroom units are air conditioned, feature a patio or balcony and come with covered carports. Creekside Terrace is close to downtown Walnut Creek and the Iron Horse Trail.
The Pines Apartment Homes
140 Sharene Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The Pines Apartment Homes (formerly named Walnut Park Apartments) provides one- and two-bedroom apartments with one orMore two baths. This pet-friendly community shares a well maintained swimming pool, covered and uncovered parking spaces and is close to Iron Horse Regional Trail and downtown Walnut Creek shopping.
Heather Farm Park & Community Center
301 N San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Heather Farm is home to various amenities, including the Clarke Swim Center, an off-leash dog park, tennis andMore volleyball courts, ponds, bike paths and trails. It also features a connection to the Iron Horse Trail. The picnic area has seating 104 people and six barbecue areas, and may be rented for private events. For indoor events, the center may also be rented, and features seated dining space for 300 and theater-style seating for 450. 
Lincoln Terrace Apartments
1100 Lincoln Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Just steps away from the Iron Horse Trail, Lincoln Terrace Apartments offers 2 story buildings with balconies,More a pool for resident use inside the courtyard, reserved parking below each building, and a quiet location at the end of the street. Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists will love being able to slip out their door and step onto the trail for some quick exercise. Lincoln Terrace is also just minutes away, and within walking distance, to Broadway Plaza shopping.
Diablo Pointe Apartments
1450 Creekside Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Air conditioning and free gas heat make Diablo Pointe Apartments a climate-comfortable place to live. One- andMore two-bedroom floor plans feature covered patios and balconies, and residents have use of three swimming pools, seven laundry rooms and a rec room with a pool table. Downtown Walnut Creek and the Iron Horse Trail are within walking distance.

 

Ming Tree Apartments
115 Sharene Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Ming Tree Apartments is a tidy community of apartments located close to downtown Walnut Creek and Iron Horse Trail.More Built in 1967, this complex features two-bedroom apartments with gas stoves, dishwashers, air conditioning and ceiling fans in every room. The owners pay water, garbage and gas. Other amenities include a swimming pool, exercise room, covered parking and on-site laundry room.
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.

Civic Park
1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

What's here: Ten-acre park located in downtown Walnut Creek. The children’s play area includes aMore large swingset (with four baby/toddler swings), a sand play area with a small water play area, two play structures with slides and climbers, a train play structure, some large fake rocks for climbing, a few benches, and a grassy area with trees for shade. The park itself also includes a picnic area with multiple grills, a community center, a gazebo, and a butterfly garden. It connects to the Iron Horse trail and the Creek Walk.)

Coolest feature: My kids (ages 7 and 5) are most drawn to the "roller" slide and the climbing "rocks." They also enjoy climbing in and out of the train, though I think it’s geared more toward littler ones.

Ideal for: Large groups, people who don’t mind crowds (this park gets busy), families with kids of different ages, people who want to stop and let their kids run around after a day of shopping in downtown Walnut Creek. And, the afternoon we were there, teenagers in search of a spot to make out.

How's the sand? The sand in the sand play area is coarse and kind of “dirty” but that didn’t deter kids from playing in it. Most of the surfaces are sand, with different sections of the park connected by an all-weather path.

Close to: Downtown Walnut Creek shopping and dining, the new library and the Iron Horse Trail.

What about the parking: A large free lot, but there’s a three-hour limit. There is additional metered parking along Civic Drive, and the lot and metered spots in the lot and underground garage for the library, but that has a two-hour time limit.

Restrooms: Restrooms are outside the playground near the parking lot.

Safety: None of the equipment seemed out of date or dangerous, although the play structures seem geared toward older children. Toddlers and preschoolers likely need supervision on these.  Because the playground is so large and spread out parents may find it difficult to supervise more than one child if they are interested in different activities. Along these lines, the benches are on the outskirts of the play area--parents may find it difficult to relax and supervise. Small pieces of wood from nearby trees tend to get mixed in with the sand, so splinters when playing in the sand aren't unheard of. On hot days there is shade under the trees but not as much in the actual play area, so remember to wear hats and sunscreen.

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