Do I have to pay for the entire rental up front to reserve the space?
Both the deposit and full rental amount are due at the time of the reservation. However, we offer a very generous refund policy. You can cancel one (1) week in advance and be eligible for a full refund.
How late can my event run?
All events, classes and activities at the community center must cease at 9:30 pm. Because we are a self-service facility, breakdown of the event must be completed by 9:30 pm as well. Breakdown includes, sweeping, mopping, light cleaning, wiping down tables, stacking chairs and returning the room back to its original configuration. Please note that breakdown of a medium-sized event can take up to an hour.
Can I come in early for set up?
You are only admitted into the rental space at the time listed in the rental agreement. If you need additional setup time, please plan and book accordingly. See “Can I make changes to my rental?” for more information.
Do you provide staff for setup and break down of my event?
The community center is a self-service facility, meaning that event preparation, setup and breakdown are required of the renter. However, tables or chairs are available free of charge.
Can I make changes to my rental?
Changes can be made to your rental at least one (1) week prior to the event date. During the week of your rental, you may add time to your event if it is available but not reduce time.
If I cancel my rental, will I be eligible for a refund?
All classroom rental cancellations require at least one (1) week in advance from the date of the rental for a full refund. Cancellations made within a week of the start date of the rental forfeit all rental fees but are still eligible for a deposit refund. Auditorium rentals require thirty (30) days advance notice to be eligible for a rental refund.
Is there a deposit required to book the facility for a special event?
Yes, there is a refundable $100 deposit required for the multipurpose room and the auditorium. Special events in Laurel Park require a deposit of $150.00. Special events at the Depot Park Freight Building require a $200 deposit.
How is my deposit refunded?
The deposit will be refunded after it has been determined the facility remained in its original condition, no damage occurred and the event ended at its scheduled time. If you paid by credit card, the credit will be returned to the original card used in the transaction within seventy-two (72) hours of being processed. If you paid by cash or check, the deposit will be mailed to the listed address on the account within 3-4 weeks from processing.
Is parking available at the community center?
Free two-hour street parking is available as well as a three-hour parking lot at the Police Department across the street (Lot #26). Street parking is enforced from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Parking permits allowing for extended time are available at the front desk when attending community center activities. Permits are valid around the perimeter of the community center, down Laurel Street and Lot #26.
Can I have amplified music at my event?
Amplified music approval varies. For a band or a DJ, you must rent the Auditorium due to a strictly enforced noise ordinance in the neighborhood. Sound equipment is available for rent through the community center. Laurel Park is approved for amplified sound as well but only a limited number of events per year. Low level amplified music and/or acoustic bands are allowed in the remaining classrooms.
Is Wi-Fi available at your facility?
Wireless high speed internet access is available for free through Cruzio. There are no password requirements. Just simply connect to “Louden Nelson Cruzio Hotspot” and agree to the terms and conditions.
Can I have alcohol at my event?
Alcohol is allowed at the Louden Nelson Community Center however all events serving alcohol must first obtain a permit in advance and pay a refundable $200 deposit. Permits are approved by the Center’s supervisor. In cases where alcohol is vended, an additional permit from the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Agency will be required as well notification/approval from the Police Department (SCPD). Alcohol is not allowed in Laurel Park or at the Depot Freight Building.
Do I need to be fingerprinted for teaching children’s classes?
Yes. Hiring is contingent on a fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice when teaching classes with students under the age of 18 with no guardian present. The City pays for the fingerprinting. The Human Resources Department will contact you to pick up the paperwork complete with locations and times of availability. The City pays for fingerprinting
for you plus 2 additional instructors (your teaching assistants or perhaps a substitute teacher of your choice) per year. Teaching assistants need to be fingerprinted only if they are ever the sole supervisors of the students. Substitutes also need to be fingerprinted and cleared prior to teaching.
What are the procedures should someone get injured in my class?
Call 911. File an incident report within 18 hours with the Recreation Supervisor (Josh Clevenger, fax 831-420-5271) who will forward the report to the City Risk Manager within 24 hours.
What happens if I get sick and cannot teach a class?
Typically we plan a week of make-up dates for each class session (at the end of the session) so that if you do get ill and must cancel, we can schedule a make-up class at the end of the session. We will call your class participants for you and let them know you are sick and give them their class make-up date. You can also schedule a substitute however they must be fingerprinted and cleared prior to teaching (see #20 below).
May I go ahead and teach the class if it does not meet the minimum enrollment?
You may elect to do that. When we call you to cancel your class, if there are several registrants enrolled, we will offer you that option. It is entirely up to you!
If a class must be cancelled, how and when does that occur?
We ask that registrants register at least three business days prior to the start of the class. Typically four days out, we check enrollment. If it does not meet your minimum, we will call you to let you know the enrollment number and our intention to cancel the class. Upon your approval, we then call already-registered class participants to let them know the class is cancelled.
How do I keep updated on my class enrollment?
You can check our instaReg website to see how many are enrolled, or you can call our office and request your roster, 831-420-5270.
Who sets the minimum and maximum class sizes?
You do, based on what class size is most appropriate for your topic, your comfort level as well as the students, teaching effectiveness and facility availability.
Am I allowed to promote my business or sell services or product to my students?
If your class is offered in your place of business, your business will receive some promotion by virtue of being included in our activity guide. We require that you not solicit your students to purchase your services and products while in class, but obviously the positive relationship you build with students could be beneficial to your business in the future.
Am I allowed to charge material fees?
If your class includes materials for art, cooking, or other class-related supplies which the student will then get to keep, you are entitled to charge a material fee. We ask for an itemized estimate of what the fee includes. Students are asked to pay the material fee at the first class directly to you.
How often am I paid?
At the completion of each class session, you submit an invoice for which you are paid within 30 days.
Can you show an example of what a class might pay in a private facility?
Example class fee is $100.00. (With administrative fee, published price is $120.00, but Parks and Recreation retains the $20.00 administrative fee). You have 10 participants. Multiply class fee $100 x 10 participants x 80%. In this case you would be paid $800.00 for the class.
Can you show an example of what a class taught in a city facility might pay?
Example class fee is $100.00. (With administrative fee, published price is $120.00, but Parks and Recreation retains the $20.00 administrative fee). You have 10 participants. Multiply class fee $100 x 10 participants x 60%. In this case you would be paid $600.00 for the class.
How are instructors paid?
Instructors who teach in a city facility are paid 60% of the class fee (Parks and Recreation retains the remaining 40% of the class fee, the administrative fee and non-resident fee). Instructors who provide their own facilities and insurance naming the city as additionally insured are paid 80% (Parks and Recreation retains 20%, the administrative fee and non-resident fee). If you would like to enroll in our automatic electronic vendor payment program, please complete the Vendor Payment Registration Form and submit it to the Finance Department: Attention Accounts Payable.
How are classes priced?
The independent contractor (instructor) works with the Parks and Recreation classes specialist to determine the class fee, to which Parks and Recreation adds an administrative fee ($20.00). The class fee + the administrative fee creates the “resident” price (our residency boundaries are the boundaries of the City of Santa Cruz). Non-residents pay approximately $12-30% more per class. So there are always two prices listed for each class: the resident price and the non-resident price.
Do I become a regular employee of the City of Santa Cruz if hired to teach a class?
No, as a class instructor you are an independent contractor with the City of Santa Cruz.
How do I apply?
Complete the Course Proposal Form. Please note: instructors wishing to teach classes at the Santa Cruz Harbor must first obtain a harbor use permit from the Santa Cruz Port District. Call 831-475-6161 for information.
Which classes tend to be most successful?
Class subjects that are current or deal with new skills or technologies are encouraged. Trends in cooking, health and fitness tend to be popular. Optimum class length is one to two hours no more than twice a week for four to six weeks. Depending on your topic one or two day workshops can be effective. Afternoons and evenings are best during the school year. During summer, children’s classes work best weekdays. Weekends work well for outdoor pursuits for adults and families.
Why should I teach for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department?
We mail our Activity Guide to 42,000 households in Santa Cruz County, register all of your participants, provide you class rosters, and provide classroom facilities (if you need them). There’s no risk in teaching a class with us – if your class doesn’t fill to your minimum requirement, we cancel the class.
Are there any adult sports leagues in Santa Cruz City?
The City of Santa Cruz operates leagues for both men and women in a variety of sports. Check out our adult sports pages on the website for more information.
Does the City of Santa Cruz have a senior center?
We offer senior activites at the Louden Nelson Community Center at 301 Center Street. The center offers a wide variety of classes, trips, activities, special events and services, which are available to anyone 50+. For more information, call the Downtown Senior Center Desk at 831-420-6180 or visit our website.
Does the City of Santa Cruz have a teen center?
Yes! The Santa Cruz Teen Center offers recreational activities such as basketball, pool tables, Wii, X-Box 360, outdoor activities, foosball, movies, internet, music and a pretty chill space. Also pick up our current calendar to find out what’s happening for teens in Santa Cruz.
The Teen Center sponsors dances, band nights, special events, day and overnight trips, sports, and outdoor events in addition to daily activities. Check our monthly calendar and our Facebook for ongoing activities!
Does the City of Santa Cruz have a skate park?
KEN WORMHOUDT SKATE PARK
225 San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Avenue. Limited on site parking. Nearest public parking at Laurel and Front Streets.
SKATE PARK RULES
Open 9 a.m. to sunset daily. All skaters must wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads and have skateboards and in-line skates with composite wheels only. Bicycles, scooters, and metal skate wheels are not allowed in the skate park. The skate park will be closed during rainy or wet conditions.
CITY NAMES NEW SKATE PARK AFTER KEN WORMHOUDT
Before his passing in 1997, Ken Wormhoudt was the world’s premier skate park architect and continues to be well recognized as the pioneer of skate park planning. His approach, which his son, Zach Wormhoudt follows to this day, is to involve local skaters in designing their own park, with the architect providing a realistic sense of options and helping the skaters to select and arrange the features which meet their needs. Ken would provide the skaters with modeling clay and have them work together to design their own ideal park.
15,000 square foot park featuring full pipe, two bowls with pool coping and tile, practice bowl and street course with steps, hubba ledges, wall-rides and metal rails.
Where can I play tennis in the City of Santa Cruz?
University Terrace Park
Meder Street. Second Entrance at Nobel Drive.
Sand, Grass, Asphalt
Basketball Court, 2 Tennis Courts, Playground, Large Lawn Area, Picnic Tables, fenced Off-Leash Dog Area
I live in Santa Cruz, Why am I paying a non-resident fee?
City residents receive a lower fee for Parks and Recreation classes because they pay city taxes that support our programs. County Residents do not receive a discount because they do not pay city taxesThe City of Santa Cruz has residential limits. The City of Santa Cruz residency includes addresses from West Cliff to 4th Street in the Harbor Area. Occupants who live in addresses outside of these city limits are considered non-residents and will pay non-resident fees.
A form of identification with your name and current City of Santa Cruz resident address such as:
Valid driver’s license, Personal Check, Utility bill, Deposit slip
Do I need to have a reservation to use a city park?
Reservations can be made for Harvey West Park and DeLaveaga Park. Neighborhood Parks are on a First Come First Served Basis.
What is the difference between City and Santa Cruz County Residents?
There are both Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreaiton Departments. The City of Santa Cruz is an established City just like Scotts Valley and Capitola are cities. Everyone outside the City of Santa Cruz City Limits becomes a Santa Cruz County Resident. People who live outside of Capitola City are also Santa Cruz County Residents. The Santa Cruz County is like an umbrella that hosts all the cities under it and people who are not in a specific City are still in the County.
City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation AND County of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation 323 Church St, Santa Cruz CA 95060 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95060 Call: 831-420-5270 Call: 831-454-7900