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Walnut Creek City News

Dec 06, 2017 09:39AM

Pickleball and Teaching Tennis Court

At the November 14 city council meeting, council adopted a resolution approving the addition of a pickleball and teaching tennis court to Heather Farm Park. According to documents, the Heather Farm Pickleball and Tennis Court Additions project is included in the city’s 2016-2018 capital budget. The ten existing tennis courts are regularly full, and there is a demand for more courts. The demand for pickleball courts has increased substantially in recent years. With the limited space available, the project would consist of two pickleball courts and one teaching tennis court within the existing Heather Farm tennis center on Heather Drive. The two 60’x60’ pickleball courts would be located on Heather Drive in the space next to the tennis center, and the new tennis court would be located beside tennis court #8. City staff will prepare construction documents to build the pickleball and tennis courts in the summer of 2018.

Purple Poles Indicate Long-Term Street Parking

Want long-term parking for your holiday shopping? Look for the purple parking poles! The city recently removed metered time limits in underutilized areas near downtown. Of the 3,000 parking meters in the downtown Walnut Creek area, about 700 meters are located between Broadway and California and Newell to the south and Civic Drive to the north. At the November 14 city council meeting, Councilmember Cindy Silva said, “There are another roughly 700 parking meters that are outside that area but close enough to walk a block or two. Those meters are less expensive and we have changed the hours of operation so you can park there for up to 10 hours and pay one dollar an hour.” You can find those meters by looking at the purple band around the top of the meter pole. You can pay for parking with your phone: download the Park Mobile App (free for iPhone or Android).

Reserve Time with Santa

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near Sephora and Crate & Barrel. It’s the photo op of the season, so reserve now to avoid long lines and last-minute pressure. You can reserve your time with Santa by going to
Santa Hours through December 23:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm (break: 2-3pm)
Sunday: 11am-6pm (break: 2-3pm)

Holiday PJ Night

Holiday PJ Night at Broadway Plaza is on December 8, from 5-8pm. Enjoy theme nights in the Santa House. Throw on your most festive jammies and come see Santa!           

Holiday Stroll – Shop Sip Celebrate

On Friday, December 8, from 5-8pm, head to Main Street and Locust Street for the Holiday Stroll. The evening will be full of merriment and feature merchant open houses, extended shopping hours, sips and savors, caroling, live music, and other surprises. Attendees are invited to bring canned goods to donate to the non-profit partner Loaves & Fishes, which feeds the hungry in Contra Costa County.

Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes Concert

On December 10, from 3-5pm, catch the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes Annual Concert. The jazz band, directed by Max Pricco, will play contemporary jazz arrangements as well as holiday favorites. The concert will begin with the fabulous Flock of Flutes, the East Bay’s premiere flute choir, directed by Monica Williams. $10 admission. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 925-943-5846. Tickets also available at the door.

Walnut Creek 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Relay

The Walnut Creek 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Relay is December 9. A fun and exciting course for all; runners and walkers alike enjoy this course for its ever-changing scenery and spirited volunteers along the route.  The course, which is mostly flat, boasts both an uphill and a downhill portion between mile 5 through 7, giving runners an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful downtown and mountain range as they descend onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Awards to the top three male and female finishers in the half marathon will be handed out on the day of the race.

The run will be using the “B-Tag” timing device that has a chip behind the bib number that runners wear. On the morning of the event, make sure you have your bib on! Athletes will run over timing mats located throughout the race, recording their time as they pass several check points. Runners will be given a time of 3 1/2 hours to complete the course. At the 3 1/2 hour mark, those still on the course will be moved to the shoulder/sidewalk and subject to normal traffic laws.

The start of the half marathon and 13.1 relay is located in front of Civic Park. The 5K run (3.1 miles) begins in Civic Park East, where the festival will be hosted. Staging will happen on the grass under the large inflatable arch.  Runners will make their way out of the park heading north on the canal trail, ultimately turning around at Walden Park and coming back to the park. At this time of year, runners can expect to see the various trees changing their colors along the course. The 5K is a flat course, and runners will negotiate minimal turns, making this a fairly straightforward run.

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