Larkey Park in Walnut Creek

Larkey Park in Walnut Creek is home to Larkey Swim Center, Lindsay Wildlife Experience and more. Photos: James Hodge

WALNUT CREEK — Boasting wide open spaces, access to a community pool, a wildlife center right next door, and plenty of play structures for little ones, you can’t ask for much more from a park. Parking is free in either of the two lots. There are 13 acres of sprawling grass fields perfect for playing catch, kicking a ball, or flying a kite on a windy day. Larkey Swim Center is located next to the park, which features a recreational pool and is open weekdays through August 5 and weekends through September 5. Lindsay Wildlife Experience, a family museum and wildlife rehabilitation center, is just a few steps away. Picnic areas are abundant and available for rental.

One of the playgrounds at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek. Photo: James Hodge

• Open dawn to dusk
• Children’s playground for ages 2-5
• Children’s playground for ages 5-12
• Dogs allowed on leash
• Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
• Reservable and nonreservable picnic sites
• Larkey Swim Center
• Horseshoe pits
• Trail connections
• Lindsay Wildlife Experience
• Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
• Free parking

This article first appeared in the Walnut Creek/Lafayette edition of Your Town Monthly® August 2022. View all current editions here.