326 Evergreen Street
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Park hours - 7 a.m. to sunset
Ball fields open to 11 p.m. during games
- Harvey West Pool - Harvey West Instructional Pool open now for summer swim lessons, birthday parties and fun swim.
- Harvey West Large Pool open for summer swim lessons, lap swim, rec swim and water fitness. Call Jim Booth re: swim lessons 831-722-3500; call Parks and Recreation re: summer swim programs at 831-420-6140.
- Harvey West Clubhouse/Scouthouse - To Reserve
- Picnic Areas - To Reserve Group Picnic Areas
- Ballfields - To Reserve
- Bicycle Pump Track
- Bocce Ball Courts
- Wagner Cottage and Kids Cottage
- Playground equipment
- Restroom & drinking fountain
- Friendship Garden - Trail entrance to several trails, including Harvey West Trail connection to Pogonip (no dogs on Harvey West connector trail).
Wagner Grove - Trail entrance to upper park trails
DOG REGULATIONS: Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the athletic fields, bleachers, play areas, picnic areas and public buildings. Owners must clean up after their dogs.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: Fires, camping, littering, wood gathering, collection of plants or animals, archery/hunting. Amplified music by permit only. Excessive noise prohibited. Alcohol is permitted only in reservable picnic areas, the Clubhouse and Scouthouse.
PARKING/ENTRANCES: Parking available onsite at terminus of Evergreen Street. On-street parking available on Harvey West Blvd. Please park in a designated parking spot in park or on Harvey West Blvd. Due to emergency vehicle access and the safety of the children in our programs at Harvey West Park, all vehicles parked in the RED zone or driving "in" the "exit" may receive a citation. Speed limit 15 MPH within park boundaries.
Harvey West Park is a 50-acre municipal park. Located just off the intersection of Highways 1, 9, and 17 and is truly Santa Cruz' most complete park complex. The park includes hiking trails, swimming pools, ball fields, play equipment, clubhouses, barbecue pits, picnic areas and more. It's the perfect place for team sports, a Sunday picnic, or just a walk on the trails.
Harvey West Park offers many features and services to the public. With six ball fields, the familiar crack of the bat and the finality of "You're OUT!" can be heard almost every evening. Plenty of barbecue pits and picnic areas make for lively family gatherings or relaxing, well-equipped picnics on any day. Kid's Kottage houses an excellent recreational preschool and summer day camp. The Clubhouse/Scouthouse is reservable for indoor activities.
Harvey West Park was presented to the City of Santa Cruz by philanthropist Harvey West in 1955. Harvey West was born in Soquel in 1894. His Father, Ed West, was once a County supervisor, better known as the "Bull of the Woods" for his ownership of the Loma Prieta Lumber Company. Harvey worked for a time at F.A. Hihn's sawmill on Laurel Street, then in 1913 he went to work for Capitola Garage. He purchased the business in just four short years. On his return from World War I, Harvey transformed the garage business into one for hauling lumber. His success in the lumber business moved him to Calaveras County, then to El Dorado County where he started the Placerville Lumber Company in 1936. Over the years, Harvey West made many contributions, both public and private, throughout the State of California. In 1955 he presented the City of Santa Cruz with the parcel of land we know as Harvey West Park and in 1958 he purchased Wagner Grove from Fred Wagner as an addition to the park.
Friendship Garden is one of Harvey West Park's most unique features. Designed by landscape architect Edwin Wood, Friendship Garden was planned for the enjoyment of people with disabilities and the general public alike. Special care was taken with regards to wheelchair accessibility. Friendship Garden was sponsored by the Soroptimists of Santa Cruz with support from other community organizations and private businesses. It's one of Santa Cruz' special spots for a stroll or a quiet moment among the flowers.
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