Street parking in Walnut Creek will be free at Purple Meters and in the City's three parking garages until further notice. Please note that this applies to City street parking only, not privately owned lots. Safety rules still apply with no parking in restricted zones.
At Downtown Core meters (Green Meters) parking enforcement begins July 1 at $2 per hour and 3-hour time limits.
Please consider patronizing the Walnut Creek businesses that are open and providing essential services, including take-out restaurants.
For more information on the County Public Health Order see the Stay Home FAQ or call the Contra Costa Health Services Call center at (844) 729-8410 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please visit Contra Costa Health Services for the latest updates. Additional City of Walnut Creek COVID-19 updates are available here.
Download the Parkmobile app to pay for parking, extend your parking time and avoid touching the parking meters.
Check out the City's Dynamic Parking Map and learn how parking demand is managed Downtown.
Starting March 11, County Connection will be adding more weekday service on Route 4. The service will run every 12 minutes on weekdays between Walnut Creek BART and Broadway Plaza. On weekends, the service will continue to run every 20 minutes.
Route 4 provides daily service to many destinations in Downtown Walnut Creek, including Broadway Plaza, Main Street Plaza, the Lesher Center for the Arts, City Hall, and the Senior Center. All passengers ride for free, courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek. The route is operated with an all-electric, trolley-replica bus, making it an eco-friendly choice for getting around downtown. Click here to download a map and the new schedule.
In addition to the Walnut Creek Trolley service enhancements, County Connection is also extending Route 14 to serve Walnut Creek BART via Oak/Civic and increasing service to every 30 minutes. For more information on County Connection’s services and additional changes coming in March, visit countyconnection.com or call (925) 676-7500.
New and Improved Street Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek
The new parking meters will have a taller contemporary design with an easy to view interface, feature a large solar panel allowing for fewer battery replacements and will accept coins, credit cards and ParkMobile mobile phone payments. Google/Apple payments will be coming soon. Rates and time limits will remain the same.
The meters are not completely new to Walnut Creek. The City has tested these meters at the Downtown Walnut Creek Library parking lot since 2017.
Installation of the new meters will begin the second week of January and should last about three weeks. The project is funded by the City's Downtown Parking Enterprise and Enhancement Fund which collects all parking revenue and reinvests it back into Downtown Walnut Creek. For more information, visit the City's website.
Purple Parking Poles in the Downtown Mean Long-Term Parking
With plenty of parking available just a block or two from the core downtown, the City is extending meter time limits to 10 hours on underutilized spaces. Not sure which meters have the extended hours? Look for the purple meter poles. MORE INFO
- Meter hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
- General meter rates will be $2 per hour
- City garages will offer free parking for the 1st hour
- City garage rates at South Broadway and North Locust (next to Lesher Center) will be 50 cents an hour
- City garage rate at South Locust (above Lark Creek Restaurant) will be $1 an hour
Need to pay a parking citation? Click here for details
We make parking easy, check out the latest PARKME APP!
ParkMe is a free app that helps you find the closest, cheapest parking nearby and displays real-time availability at select destinations. Download your free mobile app. IOS Android
Employee parking options are now available on the Employee Parking Program App - Spot Hero
* Download the app
* Reserve your parking spot in the SpotHero app
* $3-$5 reserves your space for the entire day right from your phone!
* Lesher Center Garage (664 spaces) - 1625 Locust Street (Special Parking Rates may apply during Lesher Center Performances) 50 cents per hour after first hour (NOTE: These rates do not apply when special event parking is in effect).
*There are also many privately owned garages and parking lots throughout downtown Walnut Creek; be sure to check a particular lot's signage for pricing and time limits.
For your convenience Route 4 is a FREE trolley service 7 days a week for rides around downtown Walnut Creek and to and from the Walnut Creek BART station. Bike racks available on each trolley-first come, first serve.
Please download a printable version of Route 4 & the Route 5 Trolley. Walnut Creek Trolley & Shuttle Brochure.
Extended Holiday Hours through December
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One of the East Bay's busiest BART stations, BART riders can easily connect to Walnut Creek's thriving business, shopping, and dining community. A short walk to the traditional Downtown or jump aboard the free trolley for a ride to Broadway Plaza.
There are two Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in the Walnut Creek area: the Walnut Creek station at Ygnacio Valley Road and Interstate 680, and the Pleasant Hill station at Treat Boulevard and Oak Road.