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


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Last Updated 7/29/2020


Partial and complete facility closures are in place.

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.

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 Large Pool
  • Louden Nelson Community Center
  • Market Street Theater/Senior Center Opportunities (SCO)
  • 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 and limits non-essential travel and visitors are advised that there is no essential travel that requires crossing county lines for recreational purposes per Santa Cruz County Health.

  • Santa Cruz Wharf UPDATE:
    • Wharf parking is available along both sides of the Wharf at summer rates ($3/ hour) in spaces not reserved with no parking signs or spaces otherwise barricaded to allow for outside dining.
    • Face masks are a must on the Wharf unless exercising in a public area where distances greater than six feet from others can be maintained at all times: no mask, no service at all businesses.
    • Social distancing is necessary to keep our shops, restaurants, and public areas open, please maintain 6ft distance from all others outside your family group.
    • Picnics, setting up tables, pop ups, umbrellas, chairs, etc. are NOT allowed in open parking spaces or to obstruct social distancing on public areas and walkways.
    • Wharf continues to be open from 5 AM to 2 AM daily.
    • All Wharf and beach restrooms are currently open and operable.
    • Eleven hand sanitizing stations are available along the west side of the Wharf for your protection.