The Cultural Heart of Contra Costa County
Downtown Walnut Creek is the cultural heart of Contra Costa County. Situated at the foot of towering Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek combines an urban flair with picturesque scenery, fabulous weather, and blocks and blocks of a vibrant downtown filled with upscale shops and restaurants. In the center of Walnut Creek is the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts entertaining area residents with top-rated plays, symphonies, operas, and ballets. The arts play a predominant role in the community including the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival which is a fabulous opportunity for the community to sample an array of local artists' works and sample sumptuous dishes from local restaurateurs. The expanded shopping area around Broadway Plaza and Main Street features major national retailers coupled with award-winning and unique neighborhood boutiques and restaurants. Outdoor recreation is another community emphasis. Bicyclists, hikers and equestrians enjoy Mt. Diablo State Park, pet owner's appreciate Shell Ridge open space off-leash dog policy and of course the popular Iron Horse Trail.
The 101 acre Heather Farm Parks complex provides art classes, tennis, swimming including a nationally rated synchronized swim team and Masters Swim Team. Local golfers enjoy the scenic Boundary Oak Golf Course. Walnut Creek schools are consistently rated among the state's top schools and many schools have been honored with the Distinguished School award. This active community is proud of their parent involvement and varied youth sport programs. Additionally there are several private schools in the area. The award-winning active adult community of Rossmoor is located in the city of Walnut Creek, but in their own 2,200 acre valley. Close to 10,000 residents live in a security gated community nestled among hills, open space, and golf courses.