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.
Printable Calendar

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 below - 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 Vows at Valencia event. 

   

Calendar of FREE Parks & Recreation Month Activities

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 



 


 

1
Community
Night
Bear Creek

2

Pop-up
Playground
Felt St. Park

3
Friday Night
Recess

4

4th of July
Free Swim - SFSC


Party in the Park
Aptos Park
   

5

Full Moon Hike*

Quail Hollow

Ranch

6

Senior Stretch

Class Capitola

Mall
 

Stroller Strides
AJC*

7
Taco Tues.
Felton Covered
BridgePark

 

Adult Fitness
Swim 6 PM

8
Community
Night
Bear Creek

 

9

Pop-up
Playground
Mesa Village

Park

 

10

Stroller Strides
Seascape Park*

 

Movie Night
Pinto Lake

County Park

 

11

Xilonen
Ceremony
Pinto Lake

12

Birding Walk
Quail Hollow


Vows at

Valencia**

13
Women's Self

Defense

14
Adult Fitness
Swim 6 PM

Family Yoga &

Nutrition Class*

15
Community
Night
Bear Creek

16
Pop-up
Nature Play*
Felton Discovery

Park

17

Bill's Wheels

Skate Demo

18

Birding Walk
AJC

Chalk it Up!
Pleasure
Point Park

19

Disc Golf Putting

& Approches*
Farm Park

9-11 AM Ages 5-16

1-4 PM Ages 17+

20

Stroller Strides
AJC*

21

Adult Fitness
Swim 6 PM

22

My Play Club

LEO's Havn at

Chanticleer Park

 

23
Pop-up
Playground
Felton Covered
Bridge

24

Contemporary

Jazz Dance

Class

25

Family Fun Day
Pinto Lake City
Park

26

Community
Swim Day- SFSC

27

Birding Walk
Pinto Lake
 

Women's Self

Defense

 

28

 

Adult Fitness
Swim 6 PM

 29

Community
Night
Bear Creek

30

Kids' Pasta & Play

Night*

31

Stroller Strides
Seascape Park*

 

Movie Night
Highlands Park

SFSC=Simpkins 
Family Swim Center
AJC=Anna Jean 
Cummings Park

Acitivities with
an * require
advance
registration

 

List of Additional Activities

Below are some suggestions for additional activities to do in July Is Parks Make Life Better Month!

  • 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