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


Parks, open spaces and beaches remain open.

Community members are encouraged to use these areas for walking, jogging, and other activities, but not to congregate. Remember to follow safe social distancing guidelines. If an area is too crowded, consider visiting at a different time or visiting another location. 

Be advised that due to reduced staffing levels, shared park amenities are not being regularly cleaned or sanitized. To help safeguard our community, please observe CDC guidance on stopping the spread of germs and review the Parks & Recreation COVID-19 page to keep up to date with our errors to flatten the curve.

The following amenities have been closed until further notice at all City parks:

  • Playground Areas and Equipment
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Parking lots along West Cliff and East Cliff Drives

Social Distancing in Parks NRPA


Discover Santa Cruz Parks, Beaches & Open Spaces 

The diversity and quality of Santa Cruz parks, beaches and open space is truly impressive. Stand in wonder at the breathtaking views from Pogonip or watch world-class surfing from iconic Lighthouse Field. The disc golf course at DeLaveaga is one-of-a-kind. Get air at our skate parks and pump tracks. Play bocce or ping pong at a neighborhood park. Visit premier beach destinations Main and Cowell beach after a stroll on the historic Santa Cruz Wharf. If you haven’t explored Santa Cruz parks, beaches and open spaces, we encourage you to take time to embark on an adventure.

Looking to explore with your dog companion? Learn about off-leash dog areas in City parks.