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The Santa Cruz County Parks Department, the Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, County Park Friends, and Supervisor Zach Friend are honored to plan the reimagining of Willowbrook County Park in memory of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller. The project will include the installation of a beautiful memorial seating area on the east side of the pedestrian walkway bridge, updates to the playground and play surface, and a new flagpole area at the Baseline Drive park entrance. Led by County Park Friends, the Willowbrook County Park Gutzwiller Memorial campaign’s goal is to raise $805,000 in community donations and sponsorships. A variety of giving opportunities are available.
Visit https://www.countyparkfriends.org/willowbrook.html for more information, view schematics of planned park renovations, or to make a donation.
County Parks is working with a consultant team to prepare a restoration and public access plan for Moran Lake County Park. The project will evaluate and continue with previous draft park improvement plans prepared by the Redevelopment Agency in 2010 and include community outreach and development and assessment of restoration goals as well as public access improvements at the park. The planning project is funded in part by the State Coastal Conservancy, including funding from Prop 1, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023!
A community participation event occurred on May 14, 2022, where the draft conceptual plan for the park, including viewpoint renderings of the completed project as currently envisioned, was presented. The draft conceptual plan and viewpoint renderings are shared below:
Previous community participation events were completed at the park in summer 2021.
Comments received at previous community meetings and through the online survey were summarized and shared with the Parks and Recreation Commission on October 4, 2021. Use the following link to view the meeting minutes: Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes of October 4, 2021 Regular Meeting
Join the project email list for updates. Previous Park Plans & Studies:
Chanticleer Avenue County Park is a 4.5-acre neighborhood park in the Live Oak community. Construction of phase 1 is complete. The park opened on January 18th, 2020. During fall 2020 Parks staff held a series of community meetings to get input on phase 2 park improvements at Chanticleer Park to include in the Prop 68 Statewide Park Program application. Based on the input received at these meetings, the Draft Phase 2 Site Plan has been developed.
Hidden Beach County Park has one upcoming improvement: the installation of a permanent restroom. The County Parks Department is working with consulting firm SSA Landscape Architects to design a permanent restroom facility at the park. The restroom will be accessible to people with mobility impairments and provide flush toilets and running water for handwashing. Preliminary planning has the facility sited between the existing playground and the service road.
The Live Oak Library Annex project is managed by the County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works. Located at Simpkins Family Swim Center and Live Oak Community Center, it will include flexible program space, a classroom, study rooms, public computers and laptop bar, and a new plaza intergrated with the existing community facilities. These improvements will support a wide range of library and enrichment programming for the benefit of the community for years to come.
Simpkins Family Swim Center is currently closed for renovations and will be re-opening in early June 2022. County Parks is working with Adams Pool Solutions to re-plaster the 50 Meter Pool, re-do the pool lights and upgrade the tile throughout the lap pool. The pool boilers are being replaced by Stephens Construction, and Park Maintenance staff are resurfacing the pool deck and conducting some minor upgrades to the locker rooms. The renovations are funded in part by a State Prop. 68 Per Capita Grant and Measure G funding sources. The entire project is expected to be completed by early June 2022.
The Swim Center is closed during renovations. During the Swim Center Closure, Santa Cruz County Parks Aquatic staff are operating out of Harvey West Pool in the City of Santa Cruz. Please see the following link for our most current information for swim options at Harvey West Pool.
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