Santa Cruz County Parks Department - Strategic Plan

The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
invited YOU to participate in shaping the future of YOUR county!

The Public Review Draft County Parks Strategic Plan is available!
See information and links below.

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  Thank You! and Next Steps

On March 27, 28 & 29, 2018 the County Parks Department held three community meetings to get feedback on the Public Review Draft Strategic Plan. Online comments were also received. Thank you for attending these meetings, being engaged and providing meaningful comments and feedback. Based on comments received, staff is revising the draft plan and plans to present a proposed final draft plan to the County Parks and Recreation Commission on August 6, 2018.

Read the Public Review Draft County County Parks Strategic Plan!
  Read the Draft Plan                            Read Appendices


During April, May, and June,
community involvement in the
Strategic Plan generated:

  • Over 700 survey responses
  • Input from over 190 people who attended the community meetings
  • Interest from more than 900 people who signed up on the strategic plan email list


Read questionnaire responses              Read community meeting comments

Plan Summary


Our Draft Vision Statement

This following draft vision has been developed with staff, the public and the Strategic Plan Working Group.  The vision is intended to convey the desired end state of the work that we do:

A healthy and vibrant county where everyone is able to be active, explore, learn, play and connect, and where our diverse natural and cultural resources are celebrated and protected for generations to come.

Our Draft Values

Based on your input, and input from staff, the following values represent the core motivators and guides for the Parks Department:

  • Equity: Serving diverse communities throughout the County
  • Stewardship: Sustaining natural systems and conserving resources throughout the parks system for future generations
  • Well-Being: Creating a happier and healthier Santa Cruz County and improving quality of life


To submit comments by email, please send and email to with "Strategic Plan" in the subject line.  

To see a quick overview of the County Parks system, please see the Park Finder - an interactive County Parks map.


Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)