Walnut Creek community and the community's youth since 1992
All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park
BUILDING A LEGACY FOR ALL CHILDREN
Through the financial generosity of the community, the Civic Pride Foundation raised more than $370,000 for the
All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park.
Since its grand opening in October 2014, the playground has become one of the most popular attractions in the area for children and their families.
In addition to some 250 individual and group donors, the
key contributors to the project were six local foundations.
Fremont Bank Foundation
William A. Kerr Foundation
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Thomas J. Long Foundation
Joseph & Vera Long Foundation
Read more about the playground features and project costs.
If you have questions or comments on the playground, please
email Heather Ballenger, director of public works for the city.
Signature Play Areas
Walnut Creek’s All Abilities Playground is 30,000 square
feet in size and was designed to fully address the needs of the whole child
by intentionally addressing the physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional,
and sensory needs of all children, including the estimated 10-20 percent of
our children who have some type of disability.
The new playground has distinct play areas that appeal to a range of ages, from toddlers to children as old as 12 years of age.
2-5-Year-Old Play Area (learn more)
5-12-Year-Old Play Area (learn more)
Multi-Age, All-Abilities Play Area: Centrally located between the
two age-group areas, this area has a large multi-element
Free-Play Climbing Hill: Also centrally located, this area facilitates
free, unstructured play for all ages
Sand Play Lot
Swing Set Zone, featuring both traditional swings and
accessible bucket swings
Because of the success of the private fundraising effort, the playground has the following features:
Shock-absorbent, resilient-surface pathways and flooring beneath all play equipment, allowing children and their caregivers with mobility challenges to move around the playground easily
Structures and equipment with wider ramps, allowing children to get the greatest use and enjoyment from the playground
Ramped structures, which allow children to have a sense of elevation
Climbing structures that allow children of all abilities to challenge themselves
Abundance of ground-level play opportunities
Swing set zone with tot swings and high-back special-needs swings
Sound and sensory equipment throughout
Shaded play structures, providing more protection from heat and sun
Benches within the play zones, so parents can sit close to where children play
The All Abilities Playground is located in an area surrounded by mature shade trees and adjacent to picnic areas and approved ADA-compliant restrooms and parking facilities. As part of the project, the City made a number of accessibility improvements to the park, including the addition of more van accessible parking spaces and other parking lot upgrades as well as the creation of accessible pathways to the public spaces and playground.