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Aldridge Lane Park

Corralitos
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A 3 acre park with a small horse arena that the public can use on a drop in basis. Other amenities include a basketball court, tennis court, a wheelchair accessible volleyball court, playground, horseshoe pit, and restrooms.

Hwy 1 

Freedom Blvd exit.  approximately 5 miles to Corralitos Road.

Left on  Corralitos Rd

1-2 miles to Aldridge Lane.

Left on Aldridge Lane


Address: 20 Aldridge Lane

Aptos Village County Park

(831)454-7938
Aptos
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Located by the creek, this 10.3 acre park is an ideal site for weddings, receptions, parties and events. There are picnic tables and a lawn area open to the public.

The park has picnic tables and a lawn area open to the public. There is a lovely gazebo and building often used for weddings, reunions, meetings and other such events.

For complete information about a facility reservation,
please call (831) 454-7938 or email us at reservations@scparks.com.


Address: 100 Aptos Creek Road

Davenport Landing Beach Access

831.454.7956
Davenport
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This protected cove is the original site of Davenport, a once thriving whaling town.  Wheelchair accessible restrooms.


Address: Davenport Landing

Felton Covered Bridge

Felton
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(Site Photos) ParkFeltonCoveredBridge.jpgFeatured at this park is a covered wooden bridge, one of the few left in the state! Walk on the path, picnic or BBQ, play volleyball, use the playground or one of the large, grassy areas. Fishing with proper licenses is allowed. Restrooms are available.


Address: Graham Hill Rd at Mount Hermon Rd

Hidden Beach Park

Aptos
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A tot play area, lawn, pinic table, and beach access can be found at this 1.5 acre neighborhood park. Restrooms are available. Beach Access.

beach access are available.


From Hwy 1 

Rio Del Mar Blvd, go toward the ocean about .7 miles

Left on  Townsend Drive and go till the street dead ends.

Left onto Cliff Drive


Address: End of Cliff Drive

Mesa Village Park

Watsonville
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This 2.1 acre neighborhood park has a play area, baskeball court, lawn, and picnic tables. Restrooms are available.


Address: 790 Green Valley Road

Michael Grey Field

Felton


A 3 acre fully fenced softball field is available by reservation only and includes picnic tables with BBQ areas and restrooms.


Address: 3650 Graham Hill Road

Moran Lake Park

(831)454-7956
La Selva
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This 9.2 acre regional park provides beach access, picnicing, surfing, and fishing with proper licences. Restrooms are available.


Address: 2700 East Cliff Drive

Mount Madonna County Park

(408) 842-2341
Mount Madonna


(Site Photos) MountMadonnaCountyPark.jpgWelcome to Mt. Madonna County Park, one of the most majestic of Santa Clara County''s regional park and recreation areas. This 3,688 acre park is dominated by the redwood forest so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. To the east, the park overlooks the Santa Clara Valley, to the west, Monterey Bay. As the slopes of Mt. Madonna descend toward the valley, the landscape changes from redwood forest to oak woodland, dense chaparral and grassy meadows. Park visitors may learn about areas where Ohlone Indians hunted and harvested, and will understand why cattle baron Henry Miller spent his summers here. Enjoy your visit today, and return often to the pristine redwood forest of Mt. Madonna County Park.

 

Activities

Visitors may choose from 118 drive-in and walk-in reservable campsites spread throughout four campgrounds. Each site comes equipped with a barbecue pit, food locker and picnic table. Showers are also available (no coins needed) with a day use or camping fee required, as well as 17 partial hook-up RV sites. Hikers and equestrians have access to an extensive 14 mile trail system. Shaded picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Group picnic, group camping and youth camping areas are available by reservation. Bowmen may practice archery skills at the beautiful archery range. A one mile self-guided nature trail winds around the ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller''s summer home. The park's amphitheater, available by reservation for weddings and other special functions, also features live music and slide shows Memorial Day through Labor Day. These free shows are provided by park docents every Saturday at 8 p.m. The park also features a visitor center where the natural history, geology and cultural history of the park is highlighted.

 


Address: Highway 152 at Pole Line Road

Pinto Lake Park

(831)454-7956
Watsonville
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     Something for everyone can be found at this 183 acre regional park, which has a beautiful lake with a fishing pier and surrounding nature trails, playground, two family picnic areas, and wheelchair accessible restrooms. Turtle Dove, a public art project by artist Roberto Castro and youth from the JTPA program, can be found at the park; trail markers highlight the wildlife which can be viewed along the nature trail. Soccer fields and two pavilions with BBQs are available for rent (see below).   

      There is also a small baseball field. See the location where locals believe the Virgin Mary appeared.

Reservation hours are available daily from 10am to 7pm during summer months. Reservation end time varies according to season. Drop in park use is open daily from dawn to dusk.

     Pavillions A and B are perfect outdoor locations for family and company picnics. Available by reservation only. They offer privacy for your group and a comfortable, scenic oasis for your enjoyment. Capacity is 100. 1 Large Barbecue and picnic tables are included.

     Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Walk-in reservations can be made at the Simpkins Family Swim Center at 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am- 4pm. Please allow one month before event date for phone reservations, and 3 days for walk-in. Cash, check or Visa/Mastercard accepted. For more information, please call (831)454-7956.


Address: 757 Green Valley Rd

Polo Grounds Park

Aptos
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This 62 acre community park has 3 ball diamonds, 3 soccer fields and abundant open space.


Address: 2255 Huntington Avenue

Quail Hollow Park

831-335-9348
Felton
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(Site Photos) ParkQuailHollow138.jpg     Nestled deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains is this 300-acre historic horse ranch and nature preserve, home to 15 habitats and 4.5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. In the center of this tear-drop shaped valley one will find the ranch complex consisting of the visitor center housed in a historic ranch house, picnic areas, horse barns and turnouts, lawn area, orchard, and parking lot, with basic amenities including bathrooms and drinking fountain.

 

     Free walks, classes, and workshops about the natural and cultural history of the park are offered on Sundays and occasional Friday evenings with school and community programs offered Wednesdays through Sunday. In addition educational birthday parties, after school science enrichment programs, and a summer day camp are offered for a fee. The site can be rented on Saturdays for special events like weddings and horses are boarded on site using self-serve capacities with a monthly lease.


     Quail Hollow Ranch County Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The visitor center is open Wednesdays through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed when the site is rented for a special event or when staff is out on trails or running errands.

 

Looking for something new and different to do for your child's birthday? Come on out to Quail Hollow Ranch County Park for a unique and entertaining party. Groups of up to 15 children can learn about science, nature, or history while having fun. Bring the cake and beverages, presents, and the kids--we'll do the rest! There are a variety of themes to choose from. Fee: $145 R / $160 NR for a 2-3 hour party. At least one adult must remain with the group. For more information and availability please call 335-9348.


Address: 800 Quail Hollow Road

Scott Park

Watsonville
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The natural setting of this 4.5 acre neighborhood park is enhanced by a series of trails. Bring the family for a picnic or BBQ. A play area, parking a wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.


Address: 3101 Freedom Blvd

Seascape Park

Aptos
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Stroll through this 6 acre neighborhood park or rest on one of the handsome benches created by artist Mary Fuller, which are carved with images of local wildlife, as you catch the breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay. A picnic area and a wheelchair accessible playground and restrooms are available.


Address: End of Sumner Ave

Twin Lakes Park

Live Oak
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(Site Photos) ParkTwinLakes.jpgTennis courts, picnic tables, lawn, a wheelchair accessible basketball court, pirate ship playground, and restrooms are available at this 1.4 acre neighborhood park. A playful sculpture of an otter touching its tail, by artist Paula Zima, is expecially popular with children.


Address: 520 7th Avenue

Valencia Hall

Aptos
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Valencia Hall is a popular location for weddings, parties and meetings. The Valencia Hall and historic General Store/Post Office are the last two remnants of Frederick Hihn's logging community of Valencia. Built by Hihn in the early 1880's, these historic buildings allowed the community to gather for a variety of events. Following in this tradition, Santa Cruz County Parks offers this unique facility for your special event.

Your reservation includes the use of the community hall and kitchen.


Address: 2555 Valencia Rd

Veterans Memorial Building

831.454.0478
Santa Cruz
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The Santa Cruz Count Veteran's Memorial Building, a Non-Profit Cultural Center. Built in 1932, the Veterans Memorial Building is an historical landmark conveniently located in the heart of beautiful downtown Santa Cruz.

The Veterans Memorial Building is an ideal location for:
Classes • Meetings • Workshops
Receptions • Concerts • Special Event

 


Address: 846 Front St



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