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


Given the Santa Cruz County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place , and CDC recent recommendation to cancel all events over 50 people, all scheduled private reservations for City of Santa Cruz parks or facilities are being canceled until further notice.

We will tentatively accept reservation requests for next year, but will only be able to confirm pending the latest State and County Health orders and recommendations.

We recognize that the timing of this decision may inconvenience many of you. However, this decision was made out of deep concern for the community. For more information on Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 response, please visit 


What better place than Santa Cruz to plan your next event? We offer a wide array of facilities for everything from weddings to outdoor picnics,  meetings,  performances, and sporting events. It's easy! Make a reservation in person, online, or by phone.


  • Online: Now, you can make picnic reservations 24hrs/day, 7 days/week. Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance.
  • By Phone: 831-420-5270 ( Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4 :00 pm).
  • In Person: By Appointment - Administrative Office, 323 Church St (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm).


Already know what you want to reserve? Submit an application online using one of these forms and call to make a credit card payment for fees: