COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19

City Newsroom

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Media Contacts

Ralph Dimarucut, Main media contact (831) 420-5017
Eileen Cross, Water Department (831) 420-5213
Joyce Blaschke, Santa Cruz Police Department (831) 420-5844
Janice Bisgaard, Public Works Department (831) 420-5166

Police Department Press Releases, click here
Fire Department Press Releases, click here

July Is Parks Make Life Better Month

Post Date:07/01/2019 1:30 PM



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

July 1, 2019                


Summer Lange
Parks and Recreation Supervisor
(831) 420-5277


July Is Parks Make Life Better Month

FREE Events All Month Long!

SANTA CRUZ, CA— July is “Parks Make Life Better” month! To celebrate, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring tons of FREE activities throughout the month. Check out the wide range of fun available to the Santa Cruz community this July! All event information is available at

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:

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.


More information:



Return to full list >>