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

In consideration of recommendations from Santa Cruz County Public Health and the CDC recommendations, Louden Nelson Community Center will be closed until further notice. For more information, see Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 Response.

See our activities listed in red that have been made virtually available at this time. 

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Our Mission: 

The Downtown Senior Center aims to keep seniors active, engaged and connected with the community through recreation, education, and technology. 

Our Activities and Services:

The Downtown Senior Center offers a variety of classes, trips, and services for seniors ages 55 and up, as well as older adult classes for ages 45 and up. We offer both exercise and creative recreational courses to keep the mind and body active. We also offer day trips to museums, live shows, national parks, and cultural locations at special discounted prices. In addition, we occasionally host some special senior services that range from tax assistance to medical screenings. Our Downtown Senior Center also contains the Senior Computer Center, which offers a great diversity of computer classes, special interest groups, and volunteer help days to teach seniors the skills they need to stay current with today's technology.

The  Downtown Senior Center is located at the Louden Nelson Community Center, a multi-generational and multi-use facility. 


 We are always looking for volunteer class instructors and computer lab volunteers! Find out more about volunteering with us by calling our Senior Programs Office at 831-420-6180 or drop off a completed CitySERVE application to 301 Center Street, ATTN: Seniors Programs.


Seniors Council
Senior Network Services