City of Santa Cruz Beaches remain closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The situation is evolving and new cases are discovered daily which can heighten concerns. As part of our best practices, we are monitoring directions from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health as well as local guidance from Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency.
Given the updated Santa Cruz County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation will offer programming in compliance with the new guidelines. All events will be cancelled until further notice. Please check this website for updates.
These cancellations and closures are being made out of deep concern for the health and safety of the community and consistent with guidance from public health officials. The recommendations advise individuals to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick, and avoid people who are sick.
The Parks & Recreation Administrative Office at 323 Church St will be closed to the public until further notice. Limited service will be offered via phone 831-420-5270 and email email@example.com. Online updates will continue to be available on our website.
The following includes more details on affected areas:
See the comprehensive list of Parks & Recreation system status and availability. The following facilities will be closed until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19*:
- Beach Flats Community Center
- Civic Auditorium
- Depot Park
- Freight Building
- Scott Kennedy Fields
- Harvey West Clubhouse/Scouthouse
- Harvey West Pool
- Louden Nelson Community Center
- Market Street Theater/Senior Center Opportunities (SCO)
- Mike Fox Park
- Basketball Courts
- Surfing Museum
*Signage has been posted at affected facilities.
The following facilities will be open and respecting the Shelter in Place order for Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 10 per Santa Cruz County Health:
- Santa Cruz Wharf UPDATE: effective Friday May 29:
- Wharf parking will no longer have a 20 minute limit and summer rates will resume ($3/ hour)
- Parking from the Gates to Boast Rentals will be allowed on both the East and West sides
- From Boat Rentals to the End parking will only be allowed on the East Side (Boardwalk Side) including the East Lot
- We are not allowing parking in front of businesses for any reason on the West Side to allow for proper social distancing on sidewalks and business queues that might extended into the street
- Face masks are needed on the Wharf unless exercising: no mask, no service at all businesses
- Social distancing is necessary, please maintain 6ft distance from our essential workers and others
- Picnics, setting up tables, pop ups, umbrellas, chairs, etc. is NOT allowed in open parking spaces
- Wharf continues to be open from 6 AM to 8PM daily
- Beaches continue to be Closed from 11AM to 5PM
- All restrooms will be open.
- We have 11 hand sanitizing stations for the public to use
- Delaveaga Golf Course: visit delaveagagolf.com/ for details
- Skate Parks: City of Santa Cruz skate parks are open for active recreation. Visit for updated information.
- Disc Golf Course: As of May 20, the DeLaveaga Disc Golf course is open with restrictions. Visit for updated information.
The parking lots at the following locations will be closed:
- Lighthouse Point
- Steamer Lane
- Cowell Beach
- Lighthouse Field State Beach
- Natural Bridges State Park
- Lots along West Cliff & East Cliff Drives
The following amenities have been closed at all City parks:
- Playground Areas and Equipment
- Basketball Courts
- Exercise Equipment
Classes and Programming
Given the updated Santa Cruz County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation will offer programming in compliance with the new guidelines. Summer registration will begin on May 20.
All scheduled Parks & Recreation events and City-permitted special events will be canceled until further notice. Our event calendar will stay up to date with the latest information.
In compliance with the County’s Shelter in Place order and City of Santa Cruz reduced services, a moratorium is being placed on all gathering and expression permits until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. Permits beyond this date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
All scheduled private reservations for City of Santa Cruz parks or facilities are being canceled through September 7, 2020. We will tentatively accept reservation requests for dates beyond September 7, but will only be able to confirm pending the latest County Health orders and recommendations.
Rescheduling, Credits & Refunds
For questions about rescheduling, receiving account credits or refunds, please contact the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office at (831) 420-5270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that the timing of this decision has inconvenienced many of you. However, this decision was made out of deep concern for the community. We will continue to monitor any new developments and will be responsive to the guidance and directives of the Santa Cruz County Public Health Agency and the CDC as they share new information.
We urge you to stay up to date by checking our website for any cancellations or concerns regarding our parks. For general information on COVID-19 please call 211, or text coronavirus to 211211, or visit www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus for updates and links to state and federal guidance.
Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy From the Coronavirus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The World Health Organization suggests maintaining at least 6 feet of space between yourself and an ill person, or someone who is coughing and sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing (also known as the vampire cough). Dispose of tissue after use.
- Stay home and away from others if you or your family members are feeling ill.
As always, thank you for support and understanding. Please take care of yourself and stay healthy.