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In 2018, the department released the County Parks Strategic Plan 2018-2027. The Strategic Plan addresses the County's existing park system, including its strengths and challenges, and identifies the necessary areas of improvement to remain responsive to the changing needs of our community. Ultimately, the plan will serve as the basis for future department work plans and as a road map for the department.
The Strategic Plan represents the first comprehensive and collaborative planning effort between the County Parks Department and the local community in Santa Cruz County. The Strategic Plan seeks to articulate the vision and strategic priorities for the future of the County Parks system in a ten-year timeframe. The vision and priorities established through this process reflects the strong values that Santa Cruz County places on parks, coastal access, open space, programs and the events and activities that bring us together as a community.
Our mission is to provide safe well designed and maintained parks and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community.
We envision a healthy and vibrant community 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.
Maintain and enhance the quality and accessibility of parks facilities for outstanding visitor experience.
Ensure organizational effectiveness and fiscal stability for long-term community benefit.
Provide recreational and cultural programs to strengthen and engage local communities.
Steward and protect open spaces and natural, cultural and historical resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Advance opportunities for people in our County who have less access to the resources they need to support their health and well-being and to leverage our resources toward a future that is just, equitable, and inclusive of our diverse community.
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays
Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.