Memorial Day Weekend Update | Due to COVID-19 related concerns, Santa Cruz beaches will continue to be closed from 11am - 5pm and Shelter-in-Place orders will be enforced. For more details on our beach closures please visit: Santa Cruz Beach Closures 


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City of Santa Cruz Beaches remain closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm during Memorial Day weekend

Parks, open spaces remain open:

The Shelter in Place order limits non-essential travel and is being enforced, and visitors are advised that there is no essential travel that requires crossing county lines for recreational purposes.

Outdoor exercise continues to be allowed in parks and open spaces while following safe distancing guidelines. However, large gatherings are a violation of shelter-in-place orders meant to protect public health. In consideration of everyone, if the area you want to visit is crowded, consider altering your schedule to do so when there are fewer people.

Be advised that due to reduced staffing levels, shared park amenities are not being regularly cleaned or sanitized. 

Beaches. Effective May 1 at 11:59 pm and in compliance with the updated Santa Cruz County Shelter-in-Place Order issued April 30, City of Santa Cruz beaches will be closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily until further notice. Additionally, curfews for Cowell and Main Beach will also be in effect from midnight to one hour before sunrise as stipulated in the City of Santa Cruz Beach Management Plan and in accordance with City municipal code 13.04.
During the times that beaches are closed, the ocean will remain open for water sports (e.g., surfing, boogie-boarding, swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking, boating, etc.), and individuals may cross beaches in order to access and leave the ocean.
During the times that beaches are open, they are to be used only for active recreation, such as running, walking, water sports, or other form of physical activity. All other non-exercise, passive, or sedentary activities at beaches are prohibited. Please continue to observe safe distancing while at our beaches and comply with all posted signs and notices.

Skate Parks: City of Santa Cruz skate parks are open for active recreation. Visit for updated information.

Disc Golf Course: 
The DeLaveaga Disc Golf course is open with restrictions. Visit for updated information.

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 efforts to flatten the curve.

List of amenities and park features that have been affected countywide.

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

  • Playground Areas and Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Parking lots along West Cliff, East Cliff Drives and parking along Swanton Drive near Natural Bridges State Beach
  • The Depot and Sanctuary Exploration Center parking lot
Social Distancing in Parks NRPA