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.

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

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. Most Parking lots are still closed- see detailed list below.

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.

Visit for updated information. 

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

Some Parking along West Cliff and East Cliff will be opened but the following lots are still closed:

  • Entire parking lot along W. Cliff at David Way  (currently closed)
  • Limited parking along Swanton Rd at West Cliff Dr.
  • Entire parking lot at E. Cliff Point (currently closed)
  • All parking spots at the end of 1St Av at E. Cliff (currently closed)
  • All parking spots at the end of 3rd Av at E. Cliff (currently closed)
  • All parking spots along the west curb of Center St, from Laurel St, past Depot Park, continuing on Pacific Av, and all the way to the Exploration Center
  • Lighthouse Field

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

  • Playground Areas and Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Exercise Equipment

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.