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Picnic Areas

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Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of group picnic and barbecue facilities to meet your needs. We have facilities that cater to intimate family gatherings as well as to large company picnics.


Picnic and barbecue facilities are open from 9:00 am to sunset for all areas except Harvey West Clubhouse and Scouthouse (10:00 am - Midnight).

How To Reserve

  • Call (831) 420-5270 to review availability or check online.
  • Reserve by phone  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Full payment must be made by Visa or MasterCard.
  • Reserve Online using WebTrac.
  • Reserve in person, by appointment only, at the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Facility Use Fees

Please note: In addition to the rental fee, a $150 deposit is required for any picnic area reservation that includes an alcohol permit.

Cancellation of reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance to receive a 50% refund of fees. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior are non-refundable.


Harvey West Park - Reserve Online Conditions of Use

300 Evergreen Street
Map of Harvey West Park

Evergreen (shown) 275 capacity 
Our premier picnic area for your large party or picnic. Evergreen is partially shaded and features extra large BBQ grills and serving area, sink and drink stand, ample electricity, and a 30'x 30' concrete dance floor. Sound amplification is allowed with a Access to Power Permit ($20 fee). Close to restrooms and parking, this area is easy-to-find and convenient.

Oak (shown) 108 capacity
A perfect area for your barbecue or party. Featuring a large grill, sink, serving area and electricity, this partially shaded area is close to restrooms and parking.

Buckeye (50 capacity) 
A mostly sunny scenic spot in the redwoods with pedestal grill and electricity. Restrooms within 150 yards. Parking within 100 feet. This area offers you and your guests serenity, privacy plus convenience.

Millennium Circle (50 capacity)
A lovely setting next to the playground with freestanding double BBQ, electricity and serving tables. This sunny, popular spot, was formerly known as Horseshoe. Restrooms nearby.

Friendship Gardens 
Harvey West Boulevard

Friendship Area (66 capacity, 24 handicapped)
Located at the top of Friendship Gardens--this sunny area enjoys a lovely view, extra large BBQ grills, a prep area with sink, electricity, ADA accessible picnic tables and drinking fountains. Close to Bocce Courts and a BMX Pump Track! Parking is available. Sound amplification is allowed with a Access to Power Permit ($20 fee). Go to the Weddings page for more info on the Friendship Area.

Upper Glen (90 capacity)
A pretty picnic area partly shaded by redwoods and bay trees. Pedestal grills and a relaxed atmosphere make Upper Glen a good choice for your party. Parking nearby.

Herb Garden, Overlook and Bay (each 20 capacity, 4 accessible)
Overlooking Harvey West Park and adjacent to a large grassy area, these charming picnic areas feature pedestal grills and handicapped accessible picnic tables and drinking fountain. These family-sized areas with lovely views, are perfect sites for intimate gatherings.

Clubhouse & Scouthouse (152 capacity)
The Clubhouse and Scouthouse have long provided a beautiful setting for picnics, barbecues and special occasions. Outdoors, the Clubhouse and Scouthouse feature a large shaded deck area, sunny picnic area, two barbecue pits, a large serving counter, electricity and a fenced seating area. Inside the Clubhouse is a commercial kitchen, a wet bar, an indoor fireplace and private restrooms. Easy load-in and nearby parking--a pretty site for your special event, rain or shine!

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DeLaveaga Park - Reserve Online Conditions of Use

850 Branciforte Drive
Map of DeLaveaga Park

Lone Tree (180 capacity)
This sunny spot features a double grill and serving tables with electrical power. Near hiking and horseshoe pits, Lone Tree is perfect for active groups. Parking and restrooms nearby.

Cathedral Grove (225 capacity)
A double grill, electrical power, serving tables and a large drink stand with counter make Cathedral Grove "user friendly" for your large picnic or barbecue. Close to parking and restrooms with horseshoe pits also nearby.

Twisted Tree (225 capacity)
Twisted Tree features a double grill and serving tables with electrical power. Parking and restrooms nearby.

Maple Grove (250 capacity)
Our largest picnic site at DeLaveaga, Maple Grove features double grills, large serving area with electrical power and easy access. Restrooms and parking nearby.

Forty Thieves (100 capacity)
George Washington Grove at the Forty Thieves picnic area features picnic tables, grills, potable water, accessible bathrooms and accessible parking.

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