Howe Homestead Park
Take a break from the everyday routined urban existence to lounge around the grass and bask in the sun at the Howe Homestead Park. Whether it is some outdoor yoga, hiking, walking, or sun bathing, the park offers the perfect space to accomplish all of these and even more.
This park, the former home of an Associated Press correspondent from the early 20th Century, James Howe, and his wife Mia Howe, who bought the property in 1910, is just a short walk from downtown.
A dominant feature of the park are the Community Gardens - the residents of Walnut Creek can rent out a total of 48 gardening plots for growing ornamental plants and vegetables. However, quite understandably, there is a five-year waiting list for the gardens. Owing to the numerous gopher holes in the property, this 6.5 acre of hidden treasure is often called “Gopher Gulch”. In addition to the park and the community gardens, there is also a display of a collection of archaic farming implements including a walnut huller, a couple of restored classic cars, and beekeepers boxers.
If you are feeling adventurous, the Kovar Trail runs from the park to the top of Mount Diablo traversing the Shell Ridge open space. The reservable picnic areas and barbecue pit will give you ample reason to begin your next Bay Area hike to Mount Diablo, ten minutes away from this park. Crossing the stone bridge from Howe Homestead’s parking lot will give you a glimpse into the region as it emerged in the 1930s. The site is pretty, well maintained, has a water fountain along its course and is a good starting point for a brisk hike.
Open from sunrise to sunset, the park offers a host of special events and tours. A brief respite from city life, plenty of parking, lots of benches and a great way to hike into shell Ridge, this is also ideal for a day out with family.