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May Walnut Creek Mayor's Message

May 01, 2017 08:26PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Rich Carlston, Mayor of Walnut Creek

by Rich Carlston, Mayor of Walnut Creek

With the arrival of spring, we hope you take time to visit our open space and parks.   We have more trails to explore than any other city in the state. Within just a few minutes (maybe a little longer for some of us), one can leave the hustle and bustle of the city and be immersed in nature. Enjoy the flowers, the views, and the wildlife. Don’t forget to have your cell phone charged when you start because there are so many beautiful pictures you will want to take.  

Also, consider visiting Old Borges Ranch and take a step back in time.  The ranch was established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and is a great example of a late 19th and early 20th century cattle ranch.   You can see many of the original buildings and structures of the ranch, along with many farm animals cared for by the Pleasant Hill 4-H. This is a wonderful activity for families and anyone interested in history.  Educational programs are conducted at the ranch for school-aged children and civic groups, and reservations can be made through our supervising ranger, Nancy Dollard. 

For those of you who prefer more of an urban feel, please enjoy our parks and recreational facilities.  If you are like me, you may enjoy a walk around our downtown, which is a terrific way to relax, view our public art, and feel the vitality of our city. Finally, don’t overlook our downtown art, history and nature walks.  You will find them quite fascinating and educational.

Work to improve the Lesher Center will be commencing soon.  The project involves creating a larger space in front of the Lesher Center and improving access. The first phase of the project is set to begin soon.  This phase entails creating a portal directly from the parking structure into the courtyard at the center as well as covering over the courtyard. This will allow people to enter the theater from the parking structure through the large portal without being exposed to the elements. 

Turning to another important community program, the Walnut Creek Police have launched Project Lifesaver, designed to assist residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, or other cognitive condition that might cause them to wander away from caregivers. Citizens who meet eligibility requirements can be fitted with a band that will allow them to be tracked should they become lost or missing.  There is a cost to participate in the program, but it is limited to the cost of purchasing the equipment for the enrollee. Through this program, it is hoped that the safety of those suffering cognitive conditions will be improved.

Finally, the city council will be reviewing steps the city will take in regard to the recreational use of marijuana. We are engaged in community outreach.  If you haven’t already completed the community survey, please do so.  Likewise, please make your thoughts known so that the council can have a clear picture of the desires of the community.

Again, enjoy the weather and all that Walnut Creek has to offer.