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June Walnut Creek Mayor's Message

May 29, 2017 09:28PM ● By Rich Carlston

Rich Carlston, Mayor of Walnut Creek

Well, summer is here, and I hope you get out and enjoy your environment and the many activities available here in Walnut Creek. Last month, I mentioned the beauty of our parks, open space, and the many trails that we have in the city. So many places to walk and so many things to see and photograph but so little time.  This month, I’ll mention some of the other fun things to do in Walnut Creek.

Our beautiful new Larkey Swim Center, at 2771 Buena Vista Ave, is completed. In addition to this beautiful, deep-water swim pool, we have added a children’s splash pad. This beautiful, whimsical water world will provide hours of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. The characters at the splash pad provide a delightful link to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, located just a short walk from the swim center.   

The center opens to the public on June 10, offering recreational swimming; ongoing private and group swim lessons; and opportunities for rentals for birthday parties, day camps, and school trips. To register for swim lessons, visit  For more information on rentals and other special events, please contact Steven Thomas at [email protected].  And, of course, discounted summer recreational swim passes are available. 

Those of you who enjoy shopping should look for a new sculpture located on the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd and Main Street – a life-sized, cast bronze sculpture entitled Bullman with Bulldog, by California artist Gerald Heffernon. The sculpture is a gift to the city by Brian Hirahara of BH Development. “I like Gerald’s whimsical, humorous, artistic approach, and I think Bullman with Bulldog will not only grab people’s attention but also put a grin on their faces – this is the intent,” Brian says. I hope you enjoy this whimsical sculpture as much as I do. It features a human-animal hybrid of a man with a bull’s head leaning on a light post with his companion – a bulldog. We anticipate lots of “selfies” being taken with this, our newest city art. 

But, as you enjoy this piece, don’t forget that we have over 30 other artworks in our downtown, so you might consider participating in one of our public art tours, provided by volunteers from the Bedford Gallery. For more information, please visit or email [email protected].

June also marks the being of our Movies Under the Stars, where you can enjoy family-friendly movies at our parks. Come early, bring a picnic (or dine at one of our restaurants), and, for movies at Civic Park, enjoy live music before the movie. Then, sit back and watch a great movie. At Tice Valley Park on June 3, Sing will be shown. At Civic Park on July 14, The Secret Life of Pets will be shown. At Heather Farm Park on August 4, Finding Dory will be shown. And, at Civic Park on August 25, Grease will be shown.

This is just a sampling of things to do in Walnut Creek.  Have a terrific time exploring Walnut Creek.  We’ll look for you.