As early as 1862, a United States Post Office was established and the community was named Walnut Creek. St. Paul’s began in 1888 in downtown Walnut Creek, and has continued to play a vital role in helping to shape Walnut Creek’s history and development. Walnut Creek began to grow with the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1891, and the City of Walnut Creek was later incorporated in 1914.
In 1951, Broadway Shopping Center was established, and it is now known as Broadway Plaza, which includes many high-end retail stores serving the Bay Area. Downtown Walnut Creek includes a new public library. There are numerous parks and recreational areas easily accessible to Walnut Creek residents. The Iron Horse Trail and the Contra Costa Canal Trail both transect Walnut Creek and include bicycle and walking paths.
St. Paul’s is located on Trinity Avenue surrounded by numerous residential apartment communities. The parish is located within two blocks of the Lesher Center for the Arts and a short walk from numerous downtown retail, restaurants, and entertainment establishments. Due to a burgeoning population within the last ten years, there has been a significant increase in the development of multi-family apartments and condominiums in the downtown area. For example, in 2017, a new condominium is being built adjacent to St. Paul’s property. In 2016, the population of Walnut Creek was 70,018 (source: California Department of Finance).
Downtown Walnut Creek includes both historic buildings and modern architecture, and it serves as the premier business center for the region. Walnut Creek is home to three medical centers, including UCSF Children’s Hospital, John Muir Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente. Our local primary and secondary schools are widely known for academic achievement and extracurricular activities. The greater area also has several schools for higher learning, including Diablo Valley College, St. Mary’s College, California State University East Bay, and the University of California, Berkeley. Walnut Creek is accessible by BART, which serves as a commuter rail system for the greater Bay Area, with San Francisco being accessible by train from Walnut Creek in 35 minutes. BART is within easy walking distance of St. Paul’s Church. For additional information on Walnut Creek, you may visit the City of Walnut Creek’s website (www.walnut-creek.org).