The first time I went to Heather Farm Park was a work event in 2015. I did not have children but did work in the Parks and Recreation field so I had an appreciation for the park and what it offered. The event was to specifically highlight the accessibility of this new “all abilities” playground. I really enjoyed how the playground was compartmentalized and inclusive at the same time. Young and older children could play together in the same spaces. When I moved to the area and had my own child, I was very excited to bring her to the park as well. We have visited many times and for many different reasons, including walking, exercising, playing on the playground, picnics, meet-ups, and much more. Below is my review of the park and playground.
Address: 301 N San Carlos Dr Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Parking: ★★★★★ – There is plenty of parking all throughout the park. There are multiple lots so you can easily find a space near anywhere you are visiting. I usually park near the swimming pool and have not had a hard time finding a parking space during the week. Just like any public space, I would recommend not leaving any valuables in your car, but the lots are generally quite safe.
Playground: ★★★★★ – The playground here is outstanding. There are many different play areas, and they are separated nicely into age-appropriate spaces. In the middle of the playground, there are Jack and Jill hills covered in astroturf that kids can run up and slide down. They even have bins full of recycled cardboard for the children to use to slide on. My daughter loves the playhouse area. It’s hard to get her to go anywhere else! Other attractions include bouncing bugs, swings (including baby swings, regular swings, and special needs accessible swings), slides and climbing structures, a rocking boat, and a climbing wall!
Park Attractions: ★★★★★ – This park has it all! There are miles of walking trails, including a connection to the Contra Costa Canal Trail (which leads directly to the Iron Horse Trail). There is a dog park, equestrian area, botanical garden, sports fields, picnic areas, fishing pond, swim center, and community center! There is so much to do in this park, and it seems to be a hub for the City of Walnut Creek with events being held there all the time.
Bathrooms: ★☆☆☆☆ – The only negative about this park is the public bathrooms. I have never seen more creepy or disgusting bathrooms anywhere! The toilets are not cleaned on a regular basis and the stalls are routinely trashed. I would avoid using the bathroom at all costs, but I know that it is not always possible while spending the day at the park. There are many restaurants and stores across the street along Ygnacio Valley Rd, so I would recommend visiting these before using the park’s bathrooms.
Overall, this is a great place to bring children of all ages to play, picnic, or walk. It is great during all seasons and a must-see for parents of children with special needs. Just avoid using the restroom while you are there! Please leave your comments below to tell me what you think of this park!