Newhall Community Park is a hidden jewel in County Contra Costa! This undeveloped regional open space park (surrounded by hills and with sweeping views from the Carquinez Straits to Mount Diablo) has so much to offer-there are not one but TWO ponds with ducks, swans, tortoises and, yes, big fish! For walkers, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, there is also a creek that meanders through the park, picnic areas, bocce courts, grass play fields, and trails available. You will find a beautiful water fountain and a lot of large oak trees here too.
Their trails are very beautiful, one that goes all over the park and then one goes up to a memorial with some great sights. It is definitely a great place to work out. The places are nice, big and long, and you can run up the hills or the terrain can be flat! There is a huge hill (the memorial hill) with a flag and another large grass patch.
The park is 126 acres east of Treat Boulevard, along the Galindo Creek. You can access the park from Newhall Parkway (near Clayton), or from Turtle Creek Road (runs between Ayers and Treat). There is usually plenty of parking, even when a lot of stuff is happening.
Newhall is a veritable asset to the community. The park features soccer fields, dog areas, ponds, bocce ball courts and open spaces for enjoyment by Concord residents. There are bike paths through here as well, walking opportunities and secluded places to lie on a breezy afternoon in the shade.
The Concord Bocce Ball Federation plays here every evening during the summer (for reasonable team prices) for those of you in bocce ball. They ‘re friendly people who don’t complain when a weird person walks through with a camera and starts taking pictures.
There’s a potluck in the dog park on Friday nights which is absolutely worth taking in if you’ve got a dog or two, or more. People in the dog park are a good group who usually have healthy, well-behaved dogs.
The Paw Patch is a safe, fenced area where dogs are able to exercise off leash. There is a fenced area in the paw patch area for big dogs, and a separate area for small dogs. Everyone is truly friendly and the park is clean and nice. Lots of buckets with both sunny and shady spots, for thirsty doggies. There is plenty of trash cans around for doggy waste.
There is one reserved group picnic area with large oak trees in a secluded creek-side setting. A memorial of the Vietnam War graces the viewpoint.
Overall, a great park for humans as well as for dogs!
This amazing attraction is located near the following must-see sights in Concord, California:
- Diablo Foothills Regional Park
- Shell Ridge Open Space
- Todos Santos Plaza
- Benicia-Martinez Bridge
- California Grand Casino
- Shadelands Ranch Museum
- Shiva Murugan Temple
All of these landmarks are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street!