July is Parks Make Life Better Month

All month long - FREE activities!   

Check the calendar below for dates and times & click on an activity for details.
 

This July, join us at Santa Cruz County parks, beaches, trails, programs and at the Simpkins Family Swim Center to celebrate Parks Make Life Better Month.  Challenge yourself to visit the more than 60 parks, beaches and coastal access points County Parks has to offer!  But first, mark your calendars for the activities listed on these pages - all FREE, and designed just for YOU!  Activities with an * require advance registration.  **Contact the Santa Cruz County Clerk at 454-2060 for more information on the Love in the Hollow event. .

   

Calendar of FREE Parks & Recreation Month Activities

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 

1

Stretch Class
Capitola Mall

2
Adult Fitness
Swim

3
Community
Night
Bear Creek

4

4th of July
Free Swim - SFSC


Party in the Park
Aptos Park

5
Friday Night
Recess

Movie Night
Heart of Soquel

6

Hop-A-Park Day
#santacruz
countyparks   

7

Intro. To Disc Golf
Pinto Lake
County Park*

8
Pop-up
Playground
Mesa Village
Park

9
Birding Walk
AJC

Yoga
Jose Ave
.

Adult Fitness
Swim

10
Community
Night
Bear Creek

Yoga
Highlands Park

11

Group Exercise
Class
w/Rocky's
Fitness

12

Movie Night
Highlands Park

 

13

Xilonen
Ceremony
Pinto Lake

14

Guided Trail 
Walk - AJC
Love in the
Hollow - QHR**

 

15 
Birding Walk
Pinto Lake

16
Full Moon
Hike Quail
Hollow Ranch

17
Community
Night
Bear Creek

Yoga
Seascape Park

18
Pop-up
Playground
Felt St. Park

19

Movie Night
Felt St. Park

20

Chalk it Up!
Pleasure
Point Park

21

Community
Swim Day- SFSC


Birding
Walk QHR

22

Stroller Strides
AJC*

23

Taco Tues.
Felton Covered
BridgePark

Adult Fitness
Swim

24

Community
Night
Bear Creek

Stroller Strides
Felt St. Park*

25
Birding Walk
AJC


Pop-up
Playground
Felton Covered
Bridge

26

Stroller Strides
Seascape Park*

Movie Night
Pinto Lake

27

Family Fun Day
Harvey West
Park

28

Guided Trail
Walk Pinto Lake

29

Stretch Class
Capitola Mall

30

Birding Walk
Pinto Lake

Adult Fitness
Swim

 31

Community
Night
Bear Creek

SFSC=Simpkins 
Family Swim Center

AJC=Anna Jean 
Cummings Park

QHR=Quail
Hollow Ranch

FCB=Felton
Covered Bridge

Acitivities with
an * require
advance
registration

 

List of Additional Activities

Below are some suggestions for additional activities to post you and/or family members participating in for the Parks and Recreation Month Challenge:

  • Hike through Quail Hollow Ranch and discover each of the 13 distinct habitats
  • Explore the creek trail behind Polo Grounds Park
  • Take a County Parks public art tour.  There are art installations at many County Parks in addition to art exhibitions at the Government Center (County collection floors 2-5 and atrium and rotating exhibitions floors 1 and 5) and at Simpkins Family Swim Center.
  • Play Pickleball at Brommer Street Park and Willlowbrook Park
  • Play Bocce Ball at Felt Street Park and Heart of Soquel Park
  • Birdwatch at Pinto Lake County Park
  • Take a stroll along East Cliff Parkway, with full views of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and the infamous surf spot at Pleasure Point
  • Dip your toes in the San Lorenzo River at Highlands Park
  • Geocaching - We’re told that there are at least two caches at Santa Cruz County Parks locations in the Aptos area.  Can you find more?
  • Look for fish and/or banana slugs near the creek at Aptos Village Park
  • Go back in time and visit the historic Felton Covered Bridge, considered the tallest covered bridge in the United States. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 583 and National Register of Historic Places No. 73000451
  • Discover 23 coastal access points along the expansive coastline in Santa Cruz County (*trying to confirm this number)
  • Grab a skateboard and visit the skate parks at Highlands, Jose Avenue and Felt Street Parks
  • Take a walk/ get your steps in at the walking tracks at Aldridge Lane, Anna Jean Cummings, Polo Grounds, Seascape, Pinto Lake County, Felton Covered Bridge and Quail Hollow Ranch Parks

 

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) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us