Civic Park

1375 Civic Dr Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Why You’ll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

At the Civic Park Community Center, we can say that “Love is in the air”. In the rose gardens, it blossoms and flutters about the shade trees that grow in this peaceful urban hideaway. It also resides in the Center’s wedding gazebo, an inspiration not only for ceremonies but for marriage proposals as well. A young man has recently been so caught up with the magnificent scenery he hung twinkle lights around him and hired a caterer to serve dinner under his canopy for two. Then, after he and his girlfriend toasted their love for each other with glasses of sparkling cider, he popped the question—and she said “YES”!

Located at the edge of Walnut Creek’s busy downtown, the park and buildings that make up the community center feel surprisingly secluded. Mature sycamores and redwoods help screen out the sights and sounds of passing traffic. In many places the trees are so tall and thick you can barely see their tops. As you walk beneath their wide boughs or perhaps a picnic on the lawn in their long, cool shadows, you have the pleasant impression you’ve stepped through the looking glass into the countryside.

Weddings have become so common here that a year in advance they often have to prepare for everything and book a reservation in this park. You can also book the Social Hall or Conference Room of the center for a relaxed rehearsal dinner along with the ceremony and reception locations. Such two small, unadorned rooms can be decorated in any style that suits you in the main building, and the Social Hall opens up a large commercial kitchen for your use. The carpeted lounge at the back of the building can be reserved as a vestibule for the bridal party on the wedding day. A big plus for many brides is the fact that all of the important wedding areas are just steps apart, making the transition from the changing room to the ceremony in the gazebo to the reception in the Assembly Hall easy and convenient.

Another plus is the spacious Assembly Hall’s simple architecture. The uncomplicated interior of the building is a blank canvas that awaits your personal vision, and the well-lit room’s neutral tones easily blend with virtually any decor. In any arrangement you choose, the six-foot banquet tables and metal and resin chairs were given by the center that can be set up. Most people like to hire special chair covers, tablecloths and table settings to dress them up. A full Bose sound system, with speakers on all the beams of the overhead throttle, will introduce your guests to the music wherever you put the dance floor.

With the exception of tacks, staples or nails in the wall, the transformation of the Assembly Hall is only limited by your imagination. One bride and groom extended their reception outside the building by opening the 10-foot sliding glass door of the room leading to a small patio and beyond the garden.

However you celebrate at the center, you’ll love the flexibility of the spaces, and the park setting is sure to provide a beautiful backdrop.

Image courtesy of Jeffreymendel Jeffrey Nash – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

This amazing city features the following parks in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Alma Park
  • Arbolado Park
  • Castle Rock Sports Fields
  • Diablo Shadows Park
  • El Divisadero Park
  • Heather Farm Park
  • Howe Homestead Park
  • Larkey Park

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!