Construction of Heart of Soquel Parkway
The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is began construction on Phases 2 and 3 of the Heart of Soquel Parkway. Phases 2 & 3 included installing a new pervious concrete walking trail from Heart of Soquel Park Plaza, along Soquel Creer, to the pedestrian bridge behind the Soquel Elementary School. The project included the deveopment of an all-access trail, habitat restoration, trail heads, drainage improvements, fencing, interpretive signage and a public art feature. Funding for the project came from the California River Parkways Grant Program. The Heart of Soquel Parkway was completed in early 2021!
For an illustrative diagram of the Phase 2 & 3 trail project, click here.
The Heart of Soquel Parkway was completed in early 2021! Watch the grand opening video of the Heart of Soquel Parkway!
In winter of 2019/2020, the County Parks Department partnerned with the County Park Friends to construct the skatable art feature at Seacliff Village Park.
In summer/fall of 2020 the County Parks Department installed a new permanent pre-fabricated restroom building at Seacliff Village Park. The new accessible restroom also features a mural through the County's Percent of Art Program.
Construction and installation of the new restroom was completed in late summer/early fall 2020.
Below you will find the Notice to Contractors for the HIDDEN BEACH PLAYGROUND REPLACEMENT Project.
Please note there is a RECOMMENDED but NON-MANDATORY WALK-THROUGH scheduled for 04/30/2020.
PROPOSALS are DUE: 05/10/2020 – 2:30PM
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Hettenhausen at Michael.Hettenhausen@SantaCruzCounty.us.
Hidden Beach Playground Replacement Notice to Contractors
Hidden Beach Playground Replacement Bid Proposal
Hidden Beach Playground Replacement Specifications
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 the mobility impaired and provide flush toilets and running water for handwashing. Preliminary planning has the facility sited between the existing playground and the service road.
Pop-up meeting at the park! (FLYER)
Saturday, March 13th / Sabado, 13 de Marzo
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Click the links below to view the conceptual designs and see the questionnaire presented at the pop-up meeting. Completed questionnaires can be emailed to Michael.Hettenhausen@santacruzcounty.us or dropped off at the Parks and Recreation Department Office Attn: Michael Hettenhausen.
Haga clic en los enlaces a continuación para ver los diseños conceptuales y ver el cuestionario presentado en la reunión emergente. Los cuestionarios completos se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Michael.Hettenhausen@santacruzcounty.us o dejarlos en la oficina del Departamento de Parques y Recreación a la atención de: Michael Hettenhausen.
Pop-Up Meeting Questionnaire (English)
Pop-Up Meeting Questionnaire (Spanish)
Restroom Conceptual Design
Felton Discovery Park - With partial funding from a Outdoor Education Facilities Grant from California State Parks, the County Parks Department has constructed the Felton Discovery Park at the new Felton Library grounds on Gushee Street in downtown Felton. The park includes a nature trail, two pedestrian bridges over Bull Creek, program and gathering space, interactive play elements, musical instruments, educational and interpretive signage, native and pollinator planting areas, and riparian restoration. The park opened February 22, 2020.
County Parks has been awarded a Shade Structure Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology. The grant enabled us to build a permanent shade structure to protect our community members.
Farm Park Community Meetings from 2019 - The County Parks Department in conjuction with Supervisor Leopold's office and other community partners held six community pop-up meetings in June and July of 2019. Over 100 people attended the meetings. Participants were asked to identify their preferences regarding Overall Park Features and Playground Features, and the results are shown below. In addition to the pop-up meetings, there was an online survey and 73 people participated over a 2-month period. The results to the survey, which asked questions similar to those at the pop-up meetings such as Most Important Park Feature and Prefered Play Equipment are shown below. Please see the following link, Farm Park Community Meetings for a complete listing of the community outreach.
Farm Park Concept Plan
Farm Park Funding - The County Parks Department applied for grant funding through the Prop 68 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program to provide many new recreational features based on input recieved at teh community meetings. Unfortunately, the grant was not awarded; however, the department and partners are currently seeking other sources of funding for the project.
Chanticleer Avenue Park is a 4.5-acre neighborhood park in the Live Oak community. Construction for Chanticleer Park is complete. Timelapse video of parks construction here.
The park opened on January 18th, 2020.
Park improvements include a new inclusive play area (LEO’s Haven), a new parking area, a new restroom building, off-leash dog areas, bike pump track, community garden, and associated improvements including on-street parking, pathways, drainage, plantings and fencing. Phase I improvements are the result of community meetings over the past decade and are the first phase of implementation of the adopted park master plan.
Phase 2 Site Plant and Grant Application
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.
The Draft Phase 2 Site Plan was reviewed by the County Parks and Recreation Commission on February 8, 2021.
Link to the Draft Phase 2 Site Plan
Link to Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting information