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 remain open:
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.

Starting August 7, the City of Santa Cruz will be closing some parks and restrooms for fall 2020 season. Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks and Recreation Department has seen a temporary reduction in staffing levels. The department is examining how best to deploy our existing resources given this reduction. We will be focusing our efforts on facilities and programs allowed to run under State guidelines. More Information

Beaches: In compliance with the updated Santa Cruz County Public Health Order issued June 24, City of Santa Cruz beaches will be open as of June 25 at 11:59pm. We ask visitors to help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community by remembering to do the following:

✔️Wear a mask - the order is still in effect ✔️Wash your hands ✔️ Keep 6 foot distance

"Pack it in, Pack it out": There are reduced trash services on the beaches at this time. If you are using the beach we ask you to be responsible and take your trash with you when you leave.

Curfews for Cowell and Main Beach remain 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.

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.

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

Most Parking along West Cliff and East Cliff is open but the following areas are still closed:

  • Limited parking along Swanton Rd at West Cliff Dr.

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

  • Playground Areas and Equipment
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Park restrooms will be replaced by portable restrooms and handwashing stations at Grant Park, San Lorenzo Park, Frederick St. Park, Ocean View Park, Neary Lagoon, and Garfield Park.

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.