The Wharf celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a series of events throughout 2014. Check out our list of UPCOMING EVENTS!
Santa Cruz Wharf History
The opening of the municipal wharf, built as a result of a $172,000 bond issue, was dedicated with great fanfare on December 5, 1914. Composed of over 2000 70 ft. Douglas fir pilings driven 21 feet into the ocean floor, the wharf was 2,745 feet long. The wharf was actually the sixth wharf -- preceding it were the Cowell Wharf, the Gharky (yes, this is the correct spelling!) Wharf, the Railroad Wharf, the Connecting Wharf, and the Pleasure Pier. None of the existing wharves could serve deep-water ships. So, the current Municipal Wharf was constructed in 1914, with its end bent to the west for a steamship dock and freight warehouse. The wharf rail line was shifted to the Municipal Wharf, and the old Railroad Wharf became part of a sardine cannery before being demolished in 1922. Here are more history notes by local historians on the six wharves. Graphic of wharves timeline.
Santa Cruz Wharf Grand Opening, December 5, 1914.
Santa Cruz Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report
As the Santa Cruz Wharf approaches its 100th birthday in 2014, the City has embarked on a study of the half-mile long landmark to usher it into the next century of its existence. The Wharf Master Plan lays out a comprehensive vision for increasing public access and recreational uses on the Wharf; business and economic development opportunities; integration of scientific, educational, and research initiatives; parking and vehicular movement improvements; and the preparation of design and development standards for buildings and public spaces. In addition, the Engineering Report component identifies repairs and upgrades to the Wharf necessary to see it through to its next major anniversary.
The Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report will be submitted to the City Council for acceptance in September 2014. Once accepted, the preparation of environmental review documents will commence for the recommendations and improvements coming out of the Wharf Master Plan. Any modifications or updates required for the City’s General Plan, the Beach and South of Laurel Plan, the Local Coastal Plan will occur, together with the submittal of an application for a Coastal Development Permit to the Coastal Commission. During this process additional opportunities for public review and comment will be provided.
For more information and updates, please visit the Santa Cruz Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report Resource Page at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/index.aspx?page=1914 or contact the City’s project manager, Norm Daly, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-420-5109.
Santa Cruz Wharf Video
A fun-filled, fast-paced and informative look at the Santa Cruz Wharf - a landmark destination for locals and visitors alike!