Cellphone-based walking tour explores over 100 sites around downtown
Walnut Creek, CA (November 10, 2015) – Beginning November 20, Walnut Creek visitors and residents can explore the city’s vibrant public art collection and fascinating 165 year heritage through Walk Walnut Creek, a new self-guided, cellphone-based walking tour.
Created by the Walnut Creek Historical Society, the Bedford Gallery Staff, Walnut Creek Arts Commissioners and volunteers, Walk Walnut Creek tells the stories that shaped the city over its 165 years at 60 heritage sites and describes more than 30 works of public art through an immersive audio, self-guided tour.
Walk Walnut Creek, with sites spread over about four square blocks in the downtown area, allows visitors and residents to tour the city at their own pace, visiting as many or as few sites as their schedules allow. Each site is marked with prominent signage that includes a telephone number to access tour site information via standard cellphone. Visitors simply call 925-322-6427 via cell phone or visit WalkWC.TourSphere.com with a web-enabled cellphone or tablet to get started.
The public art tour includes such art works as the Veterans Memorial, Lost in the Mail, Hand of Peace and other works. Heritage sites tell the stories of Botelho’s Island, now mega shopping destination Broadway Plaza, the Nuthouse, now Lesher Center for the Arts, and much more. Walnut Creek community members recorded the narrations.
“Walnut Creek’s centennial celebrations of its incorporation as a city in 2014 generated an extraordinary amount of interest in the city’s roots, heritage and our public art. That inspired us to bring all the pieces together in one cohesive, fascinating and informative tour,” said Karen Majors, president, Walnut Creek Historical Society.
Volunteers spent months selecting the photos and researching facts about Walnut Creek’s heritage sites and drafting information on the artworks into a series of cohesive stories that reflect the city’s careful development.
“People often ask me about Fountain Head, or the Hand of Peace,” said Glynnis Cowdery, chair, Walnut Creek Arts Commission. “With this comprehensive tour, they can explore the city’s expansive collection of sculpture, mosaics, fountains and more.”
Accommodations: Check into one of Walnut Creek’s welcoming hotels and make it an overnight retreat. Find great rates at http://www.visitwalnutcreek.org/hotels.