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July Is Parks Make Life Better Month!
July Is Parks Make Life Better Month! To celebrate, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring FREE activities throughout the month. All event information is available at santacruzparksandrec.com.
Perfect for Beach Lovers:
Teen Glow-in-the-Dark Beach Volleyball: Friday July 12, 8pm – 10pm. Games and volleyball activities led by Santa Cruz Teen Center staff. Music, glow accessories, refreshments and fun provided for teens only. Volleyball courts are closest to Ideal Grill.
Movies on the Beach: Wednesdays, (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) 9pm. These movie nights are a classic summer event in Santa Cruz. Movie titles available here: beachboardwalk.com/movies
Perfect for the Family:
Friday Night Recess: Friday July 5, 5pm – 9pm. Cooper Street in Downtown Santa Cruz will be closed down for an all-ages playground featuring tetherball, hopscotch, cornhole and pop-up playground with huge building blocks. Plus dancing in the streets with live DJ. Check out the MAH - exhibitions will be open and free for First Friday.
Family Movie Night featuring Captain Marvel: Saturday July 6, 6pm – 8pm at the Civic Auditorium. Concessions will be available for sale including beer & wine. Popcorn will be FREE!
Doors will open at 5pm. Bring your own blankets or low-backed beach chair for front seating access! Chairs will also be provided.
Wacky Water Day: Saturday July 13, 1pm – 3pm at Laurel Park and Louden Nelson Community Center. Water games, dunk tank, face painting, popcorn and more! All the carnival fun, none of the carnival costs!
Food Trucks: Thursday July 18, 5pm – 8pm at Garfield Park featuring a wide variety of food options, FOPAR beer and wine garden, games and activities for kids and more!
Recreation Swim Day: Saturday July 20, 12pm – 3pm at Harvey West Pool
Family Fun Day: Saturday July 27, 3pm – 7pm at Harvey West Park. Join us for inflatable obstacle courses, oversized board games, food trucks, beer garden and free swimming at Harvey West Pool. Fun will include kickball games and a pop-up playground.
Perfect for History & Nature Lovers:
Walking Adventure Group: Thursday July 11, 9:30am – 11:30am Walk along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk and learn about the river ecosystem. Enjoy a nice walk with the Downtown Seniors WAG and the Coastal Watershed Council.
Downtown Significant Tree Walk: Saturday July 20, 9am – 12pm with Leslie Keedy, certified arborist and Urban Forester. This walk will highlight significant trees in the downtown area. Meet at City Hall between City Council Chambers and the library. All ages!
Perfect for Friendly Competition:
Ping Pong Club: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm (July 8, 10, 12) at Depot Park Freight Building. All levels of play welcome, professional-grade tables!
Ping Pong Club - Two Day Tournament: Tuesday/Thursday 1pm – 4pm (July 16 & 18) at Depot Park Freight Building.