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September 14, 2018
The Gathering Space at The Orchards of Walnut Creek is the place to be on Saturday, September 29, 11am-3pm, when Shadelands pulls out all stops to host Made in the Shade, a free, fun, family-friendly community party. Sponsored by the Shadelands Steering Committee, Made in the Shade celebrates this vibrant business and lifestyle center, which has seen remarkable economic growth the past four years and the addition of distinctive amenities that are attracting businesses and consumers alike.
The public is invited to enjoy live music by East Bay Mudd, performances by Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, food trucks, kids' activities, and 40+ Shadelands tenant booths offering hands on demonstrations and giveaways.
"Shadelands may be Walnut Creek’s best kept secret and Made in the Shade is a block party that’s going to change that," says Jay Hoyer, president and CEO of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. "Businesses like Del Monte will be on hand to give out samples of their products. Hall Equities Group will give us a sneak preview of its amazing sports complex, the Shadelands SportsMall. Folks from Tony La Russa's ARF will be accompanied by their four-legged friends. Radicle Health will introduce us to the medical aspects of cannabis. And dozens of other businesses and nonprofits will showcase their products and services, as well. Add to this the music of East Bay Mudd and a cornucopia of foods and beers and you have a recipe for a great afternoon."
The Gathering Space at The Orchards is located at the corner of Shadelands Drive and Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek. Attendees are encouraged to park on the upper deck at The Orchards. Visit for more event details.
About Shadelands
The 40-year-old, 267-acre Shadelands business center is located in Walnut Creek, just three miles east of the I-680 & Hwy 24 interchange, bounded by Ygnacio Valley Road & the Contra Costa Canal Trail north of Mitchell Drive, and Lennon Lane & Oak Grove Road.
In August 2014, the Walnut Creek City Council approved the creation of the Shadelands Property Business Improvement District (PBID), a unified group of Shadelands property owners who direct the future of Shadelands to enhance opportunities for economic growth and park rejuvenation. The ten-member Shadelands Steering Committee works with the City of Walnut Creek and local agencies to improve the business climate, amenities, and aesthetics to nurture a thriving business and lifestyle center. Q2 2018 office market vacancy is at 17%, compared to Q2 2014, when vacancy was at 25%, and ten years ago when it was at 40%.
In partnership with the City of Walnut Creek and other agencies, the PBID has:
• Created a Shadelands brand, logo, and tag: Work Place. Life Space.
• Launched the free Pleasant Hill BART shuttle, identified by buses wrapped in the Shadelands brand, that runs every fifteen minutes between Shadelands and the Pleasant Hill BART station via Treat Blvd. and Oak Grove Road, Mon-Fri, from 6:30am–10:00am, and 3:00pm–7:30pm.
• Launched and the monthly community e-newsletter, The Shadelands Scene.
• Launched the free-to-employees Shadelands LimeBike Bikeshare Program.
• Welcomed the Shadelands Walnut Creek Police Department Field Office.
• Undertaken a comprehensive Shadelands Multi-modal Improvement Plan to improve transportation in the business center for employees and visitors by addressing vehicle entry and exit points, traffic flow throughout the park, pedestrian and bicyclist routes and safety, and bus and shuttle routes and stop locations.
• Advocated for rezoning measures and worked with the City of Walnut Creek to imagine and implement extensive zoning changes to allow for business development, diversity, and growth in Shadelands.
Visit for more information.
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Linda Rimac Colberg
(925) 963-5088