November Walnut Creek Mayor's Message
Oct 31, 2016 11:41AM
● By Loella Haskew
Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek
Here comes the holiday season. There will be parties, gatherings of friends, of family, and plenty of hustle and bustle. This is also a time to reflect on the blessings that surround us. There is so much to appreciate in our City of Walnut Creek; it seems only fitting to share those things that mean so much to me.
Over this year, I shared some specific highlights of Walnut Creek. Included in that list is the Lesher Theater, home to incredible performances. The resident companies present shows that rival the best in the country. The variety of familiar, funny, challenging, highbrow, and lowbrow shows and concerts provides something for almost every taste. The Arts Access program administered by Diablo Regional Arts Association, the fund-raising partner of the theater, made it possible for over 40,000 students from underserved schools to experience live theater.
In the same vein, I celebrated the enchanting All Abilities Playground located in Heather Farm. Another public-private partnership made this facility possible. Walnut Creek has so many ways to play, exercise, and continue our education. The Center for Community Arts (formerly Civic Arts Education) is the regional center for arts learning, providing opportunities for all to explore and discover at every stage of life. The city’s recreation programs include everything from aquatics to tennis. The Walnut Creek Open Space, comprised of over 2,700 acres of land dedicated to trails and recreation, was acquired in the 1960s by a corps of dedicated, forward thinking volunteers who recognized and protected the power of nature for us to enjoy for generations to come. Add the Lindsay Museum to this list of Walnut Creek’s connection to the world around us. This combination of wild animal rehabilitation, habitat, and teaching facility was itself protected and fostered by the city until it could survive on its own.
Hats off again to the business community. Walnut Creek has a myriad of topnotch restaurants. Our first-rate retail communities draw shoppers regionally. The Broadway Plaza renovation sets the standard for shopping centers for years to come. Walnut Creek hosts the region’s highly respected medical facilities. The Chamber of Commerce and Walnut Creek Downtown, our creative business organizations, offer programs to attract customers to our area.
November sets aside a day to recognize our country’s veterans. Walnut Creek hosts a ceremony at the Lesher Theater at no charge on November 11 at 11am to honor our veterans. It is my privilege to lead this presentation and offer thanks to our veterans.
I am so thankful to our Walnut Creek staff. All departments (public safety, public works, community and economic development, and administration) care for our city with dedication. Their efforts contribute mightily to the quality of life we enjoy.
Finally, I acknowledge that the best part of Walnut Creek is the people. Our residents and visitors contribute their time, efforts, and funds to support our schools, non-profits, city’s recreational services, and businesses. They care about supporting their neighbors. To the people who make Walnut Creek one of the best places on earth, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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