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Arista Park

Watsonville
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Playground Area.


Address: 52 Arista Ct.

Atri Park

Watsonville
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Informal lawn area


Address: 602 Atri Ct

Boulder Creek Recreation & Parks

831.338.4921




Brentwood Park

Watsonville
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Informal lawn area


Address: 320 Brentwood

Bronte Park

Watsonville
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Lawn area & Patio area


Address: 615 Bronte

Callaghan Park

Watsonville
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Playground, Basketball Court, 2 Tennis Courts, Restrooms

 

 


Address: 225 Sudden St

Camp Evers Fishing Park

831.438.3251
Scotts Valley
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Camp Evers Fishing Park is an ideal fishing hole for younger people. The Park is stocked with native steelhead and offers free seasonal fishing. The fishing hole is open May through September for those of the age 15 years and younger. The Park offers picnic areas and barbecue facilities.

Camp Evers Fishing Park is open from dawn to just past dusk. The park is located 1/2 mile from Mt. Hermon Road on Glen Canyon Road.

 


Address: Glen Canyon Road, 1/2 mile from Mt. Hermon Road

Castle Rock State Park

(408)867-2952
Los Gatos
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Located along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Castle Rock State Park contains numerous plant communities and the steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are popular with rock climbers. The park is crisscrossed by 32 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. These trails are part of a more extensive trail system that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the Pacific Coast.

 

 


Address: 15000 Skyline Boulevard

Cherry Blossom Park

Watsonville
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A tot park


Address: 41 Loma Prieta Ave.

City Plaza Park

Watsonvillw
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Relaxing environment, benches, gazebo


Address: Main St and Peck

Crestview Park

Watsonville
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Large lawn area, Tennis court


Address: Brewington and Crestview

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

Emmett Courts Park

Watsonville
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Handball Courts, Art Gallery


Address: 37 Sudden St

Fall Creek State Park

831-335-4598
Felton
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Fall Creek is the northern area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. One of the park's best kept secrets, it is 2,390 acres in size, and contains about 20 miles of hiking trails. Fall Creek contains about 20 miles of trails. Pick up a trail map at Henry Cowell State Park Visitor Center.

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Address: 1400 Felton Empire Road

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

Flodberg Park

Watsonville
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Playground, Informal Lawn Area, Horseshoe Pit, Basketball Court


Address: 219 Alvarado

Franich Park

Watsonville
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Playground, Picnic and BBQ Areas, Basketball Court, Baseball Diamond, Volleyball Court


Address: 795 Vista Montana Dr.

Frederick Street Park

Santa Cruz
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Located at the end of Frederick Street, this park boasts lots of open grass area (and it's good grass too-well maintained) and tall eucalyptus and pine trees that provide plenty of shade. There's a sand volleyball court, and picnic areas with barbecues and tables. The playground is built in sand and has the usual slides and swings, monkey bars, and catwalks, but there's also has a fenced-off area with smaller playground equipment for toddlers and babies.

 

There's a shallow, asphalt-covered bowl with a downhill entry for skateboarding, and paths for riding bicycles. Bonus? The park overlooks the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, which can be accessed by a staircase at the rear of the park. A plus for cruisers with kids, or RV folks camped along the docks. Access to the park from the harbor side is found by the [J] Dock. Largest city parks playground.

Restrooms, Dogs must be on leash.

Field, Ocean View, Large Play Areas, Sand Volleyball Court, Multiple Picnic Areas and BBQ's


Address: 168 Frederick Street

Garfield Park

Santa Cruz
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Basketball Court, Swings, Small Playset, Field, Picnic Tables with BBQ's, Bathroom
Classic neighborhood park. Great for birthdays and picnics.


Address: 634 Almar Avenue

Grant Street Park

Santa Cruz
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Basketball Court, Swings, Small Playset, Youth Baseball Field, Picnic Tables with BBQ's, Bathroom
A nice place for picnic with friends and family.


Address: 150 Grant Street

Harvey West Park

Santa Cruz
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Harvey West Park.  Clubhouse/Scouthouse, Picnic Areas, all fields, Wagner Cottage and Kids Kottage, Playground equipment, Restroom, drinking fountain and phone. Trails are open to pedestrians only. Dogs must be on-leash at all times.

     Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the athletic fields, bleachers, play areas, picnic areas and public buildings. Owners must clean up after their dogs.

 

Park hours - 7 am to sunset, Ball fields open to 11 pm during games
Harvey West Pool - Closed until February 1, 2009
Harvey West Pool Picnic Areas - Closed until February 1, 2009

 


Address: 326 Evergreen Street

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

(831)335-4598
Felton
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Henry Cowell features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through the forest. There is a picnic area next to the San Lorenzo River. The park has a nature center and bookstore. Adjoining the park is Roaring Camp Railroad, offering visitors a chance to journey back in time on an old steam locomotive. The main park area, containing the large, old-growth redwoods, is about 1,750 acres, and the northern area (Fall Creek) is 2,390 acres, with about 20 miles of hiking trails.

 

 


Address: 101 North Big Trees Park Road

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

Hocus Pocus Park

Scotts Valley


This park features a family BBQ and picnic area, a beautiful grass area and two half-court basketball courts. Yes restrooms.


Address: Whispering Pines Dr

Hope Drive Park

Watsonville
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Playground with play equipment area, Picnic area


Address: 75 Hope Drive

John D. Franks Park

Santa Cruz
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It's a very small park with a playground and a sunny lawn and some 50 yr old redwoods. The playground is good for young children. Picnic Tables,Swings, Field.  Quiet setting, a great place to relax.


Address: Marnell Ave.

Joyce-Mckenzie Park

Watsonville
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Play Equipment, Picnic Area, Volleyball Court, Tennis Courts, Bocci Court


Address: 500 Joyce Dr.

Ken Wormhoudt Skate Park

(831)420-5266
Santa Cruz
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     Wormhoudt, Inc. designed the 15,000 square foot park featuring full pipe, two bowls with pool coping and tile, practice bowl and street course with steps, hubba ledges, wall-rides and metal rails.

     Open 9 a.m. to sunset daily. All skaters must wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads and have skateboards and in-line skates with composite wheels only. Bicycles, scooters, and metal skate wheels are not allowed in the skate park. The skate park will be closed during rainy or wet conditions.


Address: 225 San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Avenue

Las Brisas

Watsonville
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Playground area with play equipment, lawn and picnic areas


Address: 1028 Nueva Vista Ave

Lighthouse Field State Park

Santa Cruz
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Lighthouse Field State Park (including Its Beach) was closed to off leash use as of November 15, 2007. The City of Santa Cruz just ended its 30 year lease with the State. The State now manages this land and does not allow for off leash use. The City would like to purchase this property but does not like the 1.4 million dollar price tag. Between 10am and 4pm dogs are only allowed on the field area on leash (no dogs on the beach at all).
For further clarification see the Santa Cruz Parks and Recs Dog page or Friends of Lighthouse Field (FOLF).


Address: 701 West Cliff Drive west of the lighthouse

Lodato Park

Scotts Valley


Located behind the business park on Green Hills Rd, Lodato Park is home to 1.2 miles of hiking and walking trails.


Address: Green Hills Rd

MacDorsa Park

Scotts Valley
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MacDorsa Park is a charming site located on Civic Center Drive below City Hall and the Scotts Valley Police Department. Park amenities include a group BBQ pit, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, and gazebo.


Address: Civic Center Drive

Manresa Uplands State Park

831-761-1795
La Selva Beach,


Manresa Uplands Campground provides dramatic views of the ocean from the bluffs above the beach. This beautiful expanse of sea and sand offers surf fishing, surfing and other beach recreation.

 

Highway 1
San Andreas Road southwest, for four miles
Right on Sand Dollar Road
Veer left to Manresa Uplands Campground

 

Camping
64 sites with walk-in tent only camping, $25 per night
Restrooms, Showers

Climate/Clothing
The weather varies from cool and foggy to windy to bright and sunny. Layered clothing is advised.

Dogs are allowed on the beach on leash.

 


Address: 205 Manresa Road 831-761-1795

Marinovich Park

Watsonville
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Address: 118 Second St.

Memorial Park

Watsonville
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Informal lawn area


Address: Main and Freedom Blvd

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

Mountain Parks Foundation

(831)335-3174
Felton
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Preserving the legacy of our Redwood forests
    Since 1973, Mountain Parks Foundation, a non-governmental, 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization has been dedicated to supporting programs that enhance the experience of park visitors.
    With your support, these educational programs can continue, providing visitors an understanding of the necessity of preserving these habitats and parks for future generations.
    We invite you to join us in making a difference.  We urge you to help preserve educational and environmental resources of the Mountain Parks through your donations, your time and your expertise.

    Mountain Parks Foundation – In cooperation with California State Parks – enriches each visitor’s experience through wise stewardship of resources to enhance understanding of our natural environment and cultural heritage.
    Join Us!

 


Address: 525 N. Big Trees Park Road

Muzzio Park

Watsonville
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Address: 26 West Front St

Natural Bridges State Beach

(831)423-4609
Santa Cruz
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Named Natural Bridges because of its recognizable, ocean carved natural bridge just off the coast, the park is an excellent site for viewing shore and ocean birds, migrating whales and seals and sea otters playing offshore. Tide pools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea, with low tides revealing sea stars, crabs, sea anemones and other colorful ocean .

Natural Bridges State Beach is world-renowned for its yearly migration of Monarch butterflies. Visitors can see many thousands of Monarchs during the butterflies' peak season, which typically runs mid-October to late January. These migrating butterflies come to the Natural Bridges Monarch grove for protection from rain and wind, for they prefer the warm, moist air within .5 mile of the ocean.

Natural Bridges State Beach encompasses a variety of habitats: Coastal Scrub, which is adorned with native wildflowers in the spring; Salt / Brackish and freshwater wetlands created by Moore creek; Ocean dunes; tide pools; Monarch preserve; and freshwater pond all add to a tremendous diversity of wildlife here throughout the seasons.


Address: 2531 West Cliff Drive

New Brighton State Beach

831-464-6330
Capitola
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New Brighton State Beach is one of the most popular and most visited state beaches in California. This 93-acre park along the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz offers spectacular views of the Monterey Bay. It is famous for its family-oriented campground which sits on the towering bluffs high above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful, lush vegetation of towering pine trees, Monterey Cypress, oak, eucalyptus trees, and wild berry vines surround campers with a peaceful tranquility. Once the site of a Chinese fishing village, it now offers locals and visitors a haven from the hectic pace of city life.

Hwy 1 to New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Hwy 1,

Right at bottom of ramp,

Left at 1st stop sign. 

 

THE NEW PACIFIC MIGRATIONS VISITOR CENTER
The visitor center is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10-4. See, explore and experience the stories of people, settlers and cultures that are a part of this region’s rich history. The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center explores the many Pacific Rim migrations, both by people and by creatures of the air and sea. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620.


Camping Information &
Reservations 800-444-7275, December through February off reservation: first come first serve only

Camping fees:
-Regular (72 sites, up to 36') $25/day
-Premium (4 sites) $35/day (best ocean views)
-Hookup (6 sites) $35.00/day
-Bicycle sites (4) $3.00/person/day
-Group Site (3 sites) $125.00/day
-Senior (62+) Discount $2.00 off/day
-Disabled Discount 1/2 off/day with state pass


Address: 1500 Park Avenue

Ocean View Park

Santa Cruz
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Basketball Half Court, Swings, Small Playset, Field
Bathroom. Beautiful view of the historic Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. Adjacent to Jessie Street Marsh


Address: 102 Ocean View Avenue

Pajaro River Park

Watsonville


(Photos General) ParkPajaroRiverPark.jpgWatsonville's latest park has trails, picnic tables, a view of the Pajaro River, even a place to launch kayaks or canoes.  A short walk from the small parking lot at the end of Clearwater Lane takes visitors over the levee and into the park. A quarter-mile trail winds its way through trees, some willows and alder but mostly cottonwoods, bare now in winter. To the right, the trail leads to a metal deck that juts out from the riverbank. To the left, a shorter path provides portage down to a ramp for launching small watercraft. Pets are permitted on leashes.

 


Address: Clearwater Ln

Palm State Beach

(831)763-7063
Watsonville
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Palm State Beach is a popular day use area located in Southern Santa Cruz County. The wide beach is perfect for a long walk or a day in the sun. Fishing and swimming are popular activities at Palm Beach. Picnic tables are available in the day use area. Dogs are allowed on the beach, on leash.

 

Picnic tables, Barbecues, Restrooms, Outdoor Showers, Food, lodging and supplies are available nearby


Address: End of West Beach Street

Peace Drive Park

Watsonville
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Play Equipment, Half Basketball Court


Address: 60 Peace Dr

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

Pinto Lake Park

Watsonville
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(Site Photos) ParkPinto.jpgLaunch Ramp, Group Picnic Areas, Pavilion (covered BBQ), Softball Diamond, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Children's Playground, Pedal and Row Boats (seasonal), Fishing (trout, catfish, crappie, bluegill and bass), lake. Variety of Birds, Kids under 16 fish free.


Address: 451 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

Portola Redwoods State Park

(650)948-9098
La Honda
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     The park is in a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and several streams, notably Slate Creek, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek. Trails also connect to trails in adjacent parks. The Sequoia Self-guided Nature Trail and Old Tree Trail introduce visitors to the natural history of the area. The park has one of the tallest redwoods (over 300 feet high) in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

     The Portola Campground is closed from December 1st to May 1st. Also, in severe weather the park might be closed.  Fill your gas tank before driving to the park. Closest gas is 14 miles from the park, in Sky Londa. Closest store is 9 miles from the park in La Honda.

Camping
56 Family campsites, 6 backpack sites, 4 group sites. No camping December 1st through March 31st. Reservations required. See General Info, below, for more information.

 


Address: 9000 Portola State Park Road, #F

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

Ramsay Park

Watsonville
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Two Baseball Diamonds, Play Equipment, Picnic Area, Restrooms


Address: 1301 Main St

Rancho Del Oso State Park

831-427-2288
Davenport
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     The Center occupies a ranch-style house and grounds which were once the home of Hulda Hoover McLean. It now consists of an intimate, protected courtyard surrounded by a main meeting room, exhibit rooms, gift shop, and a large deck overlooking Waddell Valley and the Pacific Ocean.

     Waddell Beach, located across Highway 1 from the park entrance, is known worldwide as one of the best spots for windsurfing. The steady strong northwest winds and good surf provide ideal conditions for this demanding sport. For those interested in birding, botany, intertidal marine life and riparian habitat, the Waddell Beach and the many Rancho del Oso trails offer superb recreation for the amateur or professional naturalist. Regular surfers, boogie boarders, and surf fishermen also find it an ideal spot to pursue their activities.


North from Santa Cruz on Hwy 1 for 17 miles to the Waddell Creek Bridge.

Just before crossing the bridge, turn right at the sign and continue on the dirt road.

Visitor Center: Weekends Noon - 4pm, or by advance appointment to groups

Camping
Horse trail camps for reservations call 831-425-1218
Trail camps for reservations call 831-338-8861

 


Address: 3600 Highway 1

Rio Del Mar Beach

(831)685-6500
Aptos
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A wide strip of clean sand and a jetty with nearby shopping and restaurants. Dogs okay on leashes. This beach is good for beginning boogie boarders and small children.


Address: Rio Del Mar Blvd.

River Park

Watsonville
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Address: 100 East Front St

Rivererside Mini Park

Watsonville
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Informal Lawn Area, Picnic Area, Play Equipment, Basketball Courts


Address: 127 Riverside Dr.

San Lorenzo Park

Santa Cruz
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Duck Pond, Large Playground Area, Bowling Green, Benchlands, Greenbelt, Bathroom

Overlooking the San Lorenzo River. Pedestrian bridge connecting to downtown and Pacific Avenue. Home to several special events. No dogs allowed.

 


Address: 137 Dakota Street

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

Scotts Valley Dog Park

Scotts Valley
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The Scotts Valley Dog Park is located in the Skypark complex next to the soccer fields. The dog park offers 1.2 fully enclosed acres which is divided into two sections. One section is for small dogs under 25 pounds, puppies or shy dogs. The other section is for all dogs but primarily for larger and more active dogs.

Other amenities include water bowls, wading pools, tennis balls, other dog toys, drinking fountains, shaded seating, plastic bags and pooper scoopers. To get there from Highway 17, take the Mt. Hermon exit and follow Mt. Hermon Road straight. Pass two stoplights and take the second right into the shopping center at the movie theatre sign. Go about .1 miles and turn left on Bluebonnet Road. The dog park is on the left. reg@svdogpark.org

 


Address: Bluebonnet Rd

Scotts Valley Skate Park

Scotts Valley
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      Have fun and work on your skateboarding skills at this 20,000 square foot state of the art facility. With different levels of difficulty and vertical challenges, this park provides elements for skaters of all abilities.

     The Scotts Valley Skatepark is dedicated to the one and only Tim Brauch. This park is sick one of Wormhoudts best. The bowl is the Main Attraction for sure its got the feel of Sunnyvale and Greenfield mixed together with a lot more depth. Notice the Pool Coping on the vert extension. The metal coping that was used here is a lot better than the traditional stuff that has been used in some of the last parks Zach has designed. I highly recommend stopping by this park if you are ever in the area or even if you got to drive a couple hours. Get ready to go fast some really fun lines await you!

     To get to the Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark in Scotts Valley from Highway 17 South take the Mount Hermon road Exit. and head right. Continue on Hermon for about a mile and make a right onto Kings Village Road. Follow down to the end of the street and the skate park will be on your left hand side. The address is 361 Kings Village Dr.


Address: 361 Kings Village Road

Seabright Beach

(831)429-2850
Santa Cruz
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Located between the Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor, Seabright is a long sandy beach within walking distance of restaurants and a great place for an evening of marshmallow roasting in the fire rings. Lifeguards in the summer, water for rinsing and bathrooms available.


Address: East Cliff Drive & Seabright Avenue

Seacliff State Beach

(800)685-6500
Aptos
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     Long stretch of sandy beach great for walks or strolls on the bay. Picnic areas, interpretive center and RV camping. Summer Camping Reservations 800.444.7275.  Access is from various points along East Cliff Dr.

     Looking onto the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Seacliff State Beach was established as a state park in 1931, after the first successful state bond issue in 1930 to support state parks. The avidly used shore walkway connects New Brighton State Beach and Rio del Mar Beach. Veins of extinct marine fossils layer the coastal bluffs.
     Seacliff history includes Ohlone Indian lives and burial grounds, Spanish land grants to the Castro family, redwood timber shipments, Claus Spreckles, King Kamehameha, how surfing came to California, and the USS Palo Alto, the concrete ship in the waters off Seacliff Pier, that has attracted visitors since it was placed here in 1929. One of only three "cement" ships built during World War I, the original owners' plan for the ship and the pier was short-lived. Today the recently refurbished Seacliff fishing pier overlooks the picturesque concrete ship, which provides protected marine habitat.

 

*Tour the Visitor Center cultural and natural history exhibits, and talk to our knowledgeable docents and interpreters

*Come to Festival of the Cement Ship in June (first Saturday) and the Migration Festival in February (second Saturday)

*Join us for free, docent-led, guided tours of the fossil beds and guided history walks

 

RV camping only, 26 sites:-$44 premium, $39 inland. Full Hook-up (Incl. 1-Disabled)
Reservations: 800-444-7275


Address: State Park Drive

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

Seaview Ranch

Watsonville
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Playground with play equipment area, BBQ area, Picnic area


Address: 105 Lighthouse Dr

Siltanen Family Swim Center

831.438.3251
Scotts Valley
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Lessons and recreational swimming are provided in our 20' x 40' pool.  The [ool can be rented for 2-hour private parties on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Address: 127 Vine Hill School Road

Siltanen Park

(831)438-3251
Scotts Valley
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Siltanen Park is 7.5 beautiful acres located on Vine Hill School Road in Scotts Valley. Group reservations are available for picnics and company parties. Park amenities include a group BBQ pit, small BBQ pits, picnic tables, two softball fields, a soccer field, children's playground, restrooms, horseshoe pits and a 200 car parking lot.


Address: 127 Vine Hill School Road

Skypark

Scotts Valley
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Skypark features four lighted tennis courts, a walking/jogging path, restrooms, community soccer fields, a basketball court, large children's playground area, a Bocce Ball Court, Recreation Division offices and classroom facility. The park also has individual and group BBQ areas and children's group birthday areas.


Address: 361 Kings Village Road

Sunset State Beach

(831)763-7063
Watsonville
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     Day Use open daily 6am-sunsetThe historic Van Laanan farm provides the backdrop for this large park at the south end of Santa Cruz County. Surrounded by fertile farmland, Sunset State Beach features a wooded campground, picnic area, group campground, and 200-foot high dunes (the largest in the country) built up in front of coastal bluff. The beach itself stretches down to where it meets the mouth of the Pajaro River, giving three miles of unobstructed and spectacular shoreline.

     Visitors enjoy broad vistas of the Monterey Bay from two main overlooks. During the summer and autumn, it is possible to see large groups of bottle nosed dolphins. The beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but are allowed in campsites, on leash at all times.

 

16 miles south of Santa Cruz
Hwy 1, exit on San Andreas Road
Follow signs south.

 

Camping, Year round campground and picnic area on the beach, Reservations 800.444.7275

91 camping sites, $25.00 per night, 1 bicycle site, $3/person/night; maximum 8 people, 1 group site, $224/night.

Picnic tables

 


Address: 201 Sunset Beach Road

That's My Park

(831) 429-1840
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is dedicated to promoting appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of our local state parks by facilitating and supporting educational programs and exhibits.

 

Background
Friends'--a non-profit park partner--strives to ensure that the history, traditions and natural beauty of Santa Cruz County State Parks are enjoyed today and by future generations. Each year more than 327,601 visitors--including thousands of school children--participate in over 4,328 free educational programs funded by Friends.

 

As state park budgets continue to be slashed and more people are enjoying the parks, Friends work becomes increasingly urgent as we are relied upon to fund the essential educational programs and stewardship initiates within our local state parks.

 

Through effective leadership by the Friends board of directors and the hard work of staff, Friends has grown to be the second largest of 84 similar non-profit partners in California. The educational programs in Santa Cruz County State Parks, funded by Friends, serve as a model for other park districts throughout the state, have won numerous state and national awards and are vital to the future of our parks.

 



The Forest of Nisene Marks

831-763-7073
Aptos
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(Site Photos) ParkNisene.jpgThe Forest of Nisene Marks The park offers 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. The site of logging operations until the 1920s, visitors can still find evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles in the park. The land was purchased by the Marks family in the 1950s, and was donated to the state in 1963. There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second growth forest, which are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or a leisurely stroll. Horses are allowed on a portion of the fire road and some trails. A number of picnic areas are available with charcoal grills. Dogs are allowed on fire roads only, and must be on leash.


Primitive trail camping available, reservations required. See General Info, below, for camping information details.

The weather can vary from cool to hot within a few hours. Layered clothing is advised.

Pit toilets
Picnic areas, Food, lodging, and supplies nearby

Dogs are allowed on leash on the fire road up to the Porter Picnic area.

More Camping Information Primitive trail camping available--6 campsites, 6 mile intermediate hike one way, 6 people per site. $5 per person, per night. Reservations required. Call 831-763-7073 to reserve. NOTE: Water is not available. You must bring your own water.

JUVENILES (those under 18 years of age), not camping with a parent or legal guardian must have WRITTEN permission to camp in the park. Permission letters must include the name of the park, the name of the juvenile, the dates they may stay and the name, address, phone number and signature of the person's parent or legal guardian. The parent must be reachable at all times during the juvenile's visit. Children 14 years of age and under may not camp without a parent present during the stay.

 


Address: Aptos Creek Rd & Soquel

Trescony Park

Santa Cruz
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Tot Lot, Playground, Community Gardens, Picnic Tables.  Walk-in access at Bay Street. Quiet neighborhood park.


Address: Trescony St off Bay

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

University Terrace Park

Santa Cruz
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University Terrace Park,Basketball Court, 2 Tennis Courts, Small Multi-age Play Area, Large Lawn Area, Picnic Tables. Great for pick-up soccer and frisbee. Wonderful family park. Adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Canyon Trail. Dogs off-leash designated area available.

 


Address: Meder Street

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

Vine Hill Recreation Center

Scotts Valley
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The Vine Hill Recreation Center provides space for meetings and group gatherings with adjacent picnic tables and a large playground. Capacity 126 persons, handicapped accessible restrooms and large sink. TV and VCR available.


Address: Vine Hill Rd

Westlake Park

Santa Cruz


Lake, Swings, Large Play Area, Large Lawn Area, Picnic Tables.  Fishing for youth 16 years and under and seniors 65 years and older. Abundant wildlife and aquatic vegetation. Dogs must be on leash (no dogs in pond). No boating.


Address: Bradley Drive off Spring Street

Wilder Ranch State Park

(831)423-9703
Santa Cruz
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(Site Photos) WilderRanchWagonride.jpgThe park covers approximately 7,000 acres, with 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys. You can explore the history of early ranchers and farmers along the Central Coast through tours and living history demonstrations. The grounds include Victorian homes, barns, shops, gardens, and a historic adobe. Major wetlands restoration projects have attracted some of the original flora and fauna back to the area. Dogs are not allowed at Wilder Ranch.

 

* Almost 7,000 acres of coastal landscapes
* 5.0 miles of coastline
* More than 35 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists & equestrians
* 20,580 people attended educational programs in 2005
* Almost 3,000 local school children served in 2005
* Home to at least 22 rare and sensitive species


Address: 1401 Old Coast Road

Willowbrook Park

Soquel


(Site Photos) ParkWillow.jpgWindfalls, by artist Alan Counihan, greets visitors to this 6.3 acre neighborhood park. Granite buckeye seed pods are grouped on the lawn area, with the autumnal theme echoed on the pavement and benches. Basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas with BBQs, and a playground are available. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible. 


Address: 2950 Willowbrook Lane



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