Parks Master Plan 2030

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Parks, Recreational Facilities, Open Spaces, and Beaches

collageThe draft Parks Master Plan 2030 is now available for public review. The plan provides recommendations to improve the City's parks, recreational facilities, open spaces and beaches for the next 15 years.

The Parks and Recreation Department hired the landscape architecture and planning firm Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey to assist with the project. They helped assess the park system’s existing conditions and the city’s demographic and recreational trends. They also assisted staff conduct public outreach and collect feedback on what is working well or what can be improved regarding park amenities, maintenance and programming. From community input, actions were identified along with potential funding opportunities. The City will be able to use the plan to prioritize future park improvements, allocate funding, and solicit additional funding opportunities from government and private sources.


Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration

Draft Parks Master Plan 2030:

Parks Master Plan 2030, Public Review Draft (Revised September 2017)


Upcoming Meeting:

Please check the Parks & Recreation Commission page for upcoming meetings. Meetings are usually held in the City Council Chambers.


Comments can be provided via email at or by letter addressed to:

Parks and Recreation Department

City of Santa Cruz

323 Church Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Noah Downing at 831-420-5362.

List of Parks, Open Spaces, Beaches and Facilities:

Neighborhood Parks

Community Parks

 Regional Park

Open Spaces and Trails

Beaches and Wharf


Beach Flats Park

DeLaveaga Park-Lower DeLaveaga Park, George Washington Grove, Audrey Stanley Grove, DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course, and DeLaveaga Archery Range

DeLaveaga Golf Course

Arana Gulch Open Space

Cowell Beach

Beach Flats Community Center

Bethany Curve

Depot Park, Funspot Bike Park, & Scott Kennedy Fields


Arroyo Seco Canyon

Its Beach (Partially-owned)

Carmelita Cottages

Branciforte Dog Park

Harvey West Park

  DeLaveaga Park Wilderness Area

Main Beach

Citizens Opportunity (222 Market)

Chestnut Park Ken Wormhoudt Skate Park at Mike Fox Park   Jessie Street Marsh Mitchell’s Cove Civic Auditorium

Central Park

Santa Cruz Riverwalk

  Moore Creek Preserve


DeLaveaga Park-Audrey Stanley Grove

El Portal Park

San Lorenzo Park


Neary Lagoon Wildlife Refuge

DeLaveaga Park- DeLaveaga Archery Range

Frederick Street Park

West Cliff


Pogonip Open Space


DeLaveagaPark-DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course

Garfield Park




DeLaveaga Golf Course

Grant Park





Depot Park Freight Building

John D. Franks Park





Harvey West Park-Kids Kottage and Wagner Cottage

La Barranca Park





Harvey West Pool

Laurel Park





Harvey West Scout and Clubhouse

Lighthouse Avenue Park





Louden Nelson Community Center

Mimi de Marta Park





Museum of Natural History

Mission Plaza





Pogonip Clubhouse

Moore Creek Overlook





Santa Cruz Wharf

Neary Lagoon Park





San Lorenzo Park Lawn Bowling

Ocean View Park         Senior Citizens Opportunity at 222 Market St.

Pacheco Dog Park




Surfing Museum

Poets Park and Beach Flats Community Garden






Rincon Park






Riverside Gardens Park






Round Tree Park






Scope Park






Sgt. Derby Park






Star of the Sea Park






Town Clock






Trescony Park






Tyrrell Park






University Terrace Park






Westlake Park






Westside Pump Track          



Jessie Street Marsh

Jessie Street Marsh

Pogonip Clubhouse

Pogonip Clubhouse

Surfing Museum

Surfing Museum