Santa Cruz County Parks | Fall 2023


HOLIDAY MARKET Stop by the Live Oak Community Center at the Simpkins Family Swim Center on Saturday, Decmber 2nd, 2023 and explore the unique fits for everyone on your list, including jewelry, hats, bags, textiles, ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, candles, glass art and so much more! FLOATING PUMPKIN PATCH We’re putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin-picking by creating a patch in the pool, just for you! In addition to pumpkins, plenty of other fun activities are planned for the day. This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registrations are not required. Saturday, October 21st from 12pm-4pm. TAKE A HIKE Many hiking opportunities can be found at Santa Cruz County Parks. For a more rustic hiking experience, head out to the Miller Family Park and enjoy the quiet majesty of the redwoods. Pinto Lake County Park and Anna Jean Cummings Park also boast beautiful hiking trails. GO TO CAMP Have some fun at camp! Santa Cruz County Parks offers something for everyone to enjoy on page 5. HIT THE BEACH From the pristine coast of north county to the long stretches of sandy beaches in south county, Santa Cruz County Parks offers breathtaking views and a variety of recreational opportunities. THROW A PARTY Want to throw a unique party? You’ll find just the right venue with County Parks. Many picnic areas can be reserved for your exclusive use, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We have many locations throughout Santa Cruz County for different types of events. Visit us at to book your next event. HOWLOWEEN DOGGIE DATE NIGHT Looking for something fun to do this October? Come and join us for a fun evening with costume contests, food, beverages, adoptable dogs and more! We hope to see you on Saturday, October 28th 5pm at Anna Jean Cummings Park - 461 Old San Jose Rd. - Soquel. Movie starts at sunset. Doggie Date Night movie is Tim Burton's " The Nightmare Before Christmas" Visit for more information about parks, programs, and activities. THINGS TO DO IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PARKS FUN • 1 General Information..............................................................2 Special Events..........................................................................3 Winter Camp...........................................................................5 Simpkins Swim Center Information...................................6 Swim Lessons/ Youth & Adult Aquatics .......................7-8 Preschool: Kreative Kids............................................................9 Super Tots Sports.........................................................................9 Interpretative Programs.....................................................10 Arts Programs and Activities............................................. 11 County Parks Wedding Venues...................................12-13 Volunteer Opportunities.....................................................14 Adult & Senior Activities................................................15-17 Picnic Areas............................................................................18 Registration Information..............................................20-21 Contents... This Guide has been designed with the most current information available at the time of publication. Our staff have created programs in accordance with the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department guidelines. This includes being able to offer online and in-person programs that adhere to the protocols of stable groups, social distancing, symptom checks and enhanced cleaning. We continue to adapt to this fluid situation and our top priority is the health and safety of our participants and staff. We are pleased to welcome you back and look forward to continuing to serve you. Please visit for current program offerings and office hours. Feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected] or by calling (831) 454-7901. Parks Rx Santa Cruz County Look for the Park Rx logo to find free/low-cost activities that support health!

2 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services The Mission of the County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services is to provide safe, well-designed and maintained parks, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community. Aquatic Registrations – (831) 454-7953 — M-F, 9am-4pm Facility Reservations – (831) 454-7938 — M-F, 9am-4pm Recreation Registrations – (831) 454-7941 — M-F, 9am-4pm Simpkins Family Swim Center – (831) 454-7960 Swim Center Automated Information – (831) 454-7948 Non-discrimination Policy Santa Cruz County Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition (cancer related and genetic characteristics), marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age (over 18), veteran status, pregnancy, or any other non-merit factor. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in relationship to County Parks programs, activities, or facilities, a complaint may be filed with Equal Employment Opportunity Liaison, at (831) 454-7901 or email [email protected]. Americans with Disabilities Act Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires that the County of Santa Cruz ensures that its programs, services and facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Santa Cruz County supports the belief that a community with integrity is one in which people with and without disabilities recreate, learn and experience together. We request that you notify Parks staff two weeks prior to enrollment in order to facilitate the reasonable accommodation request. TDD/TTY-call 711. For information on the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Program, please visit http://ddtp.cpuc. County Board of Supervisors Manu Koenig District 1 Zach Friend District 2 Justin Cummings District 3 Felipe Hernandez District 4 Bruce McPherson District 5 Meets selected Tuesdays, 9AM Arts Commission Vacant, Karen Kroslowitz District 1 Adele Gardner, Tere Carrubba District 2 Taj Leahy, Vacant District 3 Herminia Borge, Judy Stabile District 4 Lynda Phillips, Margaret Niven (chair) District 5 Meets selected Mondays, 4:30PM Parks & Recreation Commission Katherine Lee District 1 Tricia Wiltshire District 2 Jeremy Sanford District 3 Martha Victoria Vega District 4 Monica Martinez District 5 Meets selected Mondays, 7PM Contact Parks & Recreation and Arts Commissioners via e-mail at: [email protected] COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE & CULTURAL SERVICES Like us on Facebook: Santa Cruz County Parks Department We’re on Instagram: Santa Cruz County Parks Follow us on Twitter @SCParksDept 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 454-7901; Fax (831) 454-7940 • 3 SPECIAL EVENTS

4 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services SPECIAL EVENTS 7th Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 21st 12 pm to 4pm Floating Pumpkins! • Raffle! • Games & Prizes! Sweet Treats! • Stand up Paddle Boards! This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registrations are not required. Visit for the schedule of activities and admission information. We’re putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin-picking by creating a patch in the pool, just for you! In addition to pumpkins, plenty of other fun activities are planned for the day. • 5 SESSION I: FULL DAY: HALFDAY: SESSION II: FULL DAY: HALFDAY: COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND CULTURAL SERVICES 831-454-7941 SCPARKS.COM M-TH M-TH M-TH M-TH 12/26 - 12/30 12/26 - 12/30 1/2 - 1/5 1/2 - 1/5 7:30am-6pm 9am-3pm 7:30am- 6pm 9am-3pm $250/$275 $175/$198 $250/$275 $175/$198 SESSION I: HALF DAY: SESSION II: HA LF DAY: M-TH M-TH 12/26 - 12/30 1/2 - 1/5 9am-3pm 9am-3pm $175/$198 $175/$198 Ages 6 -12 APTOS VILLAGE PARK HIGHLANDS PARK Winter Camp APTOS VILLAGE PARK HIGHLANDS PARK

6 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services Simpkins Family Swim Center - Your County Pool Aquatic Registrations (831) 454-7953 • Swim Center (831) 454-7960 AQUATICS PROGRAMS We are open 7 days a week, year round. The center has three pools, and climbing wall, all of which are open seasonally. The 78-degree 17-lane Lap Pool, which is the largest in Santa Cruz County, is used for lap swimming, swim lessons, swim teams, water polo, junior lifeguards, adult fitness and water aerobics. The Warm Water Pool is used for recreational swimming, swim lessons, and therapy, and is kept at 88 degrees. It features a zero-depth entry ramp for easy wheelchair access. The Spray Zone splash and spray has a 6-inch depth make it a perfect pool for tots: • Children who are non-swimmers must have direct adult supervision, at an arms reach, at all times. Age 8 and under must have direct adult supervision in the locker rooms and on the pool deck. • Admission is first-come, first-served. All persons entering the pool area are required to pay an admission fee. • For those not yet toilet trained, we adhere to a 2-layer policy. A swim diaper and plastic pants with elastic leg and waist bands must be worn. Both items are available for purchase at the swim center. • Glass containers are not allowed. • Please do not bring water toys or floatation devices for your children to the pool. • Swim program hours may vary from those listed in this pamphlet. • All fees are subject to change. • Programs may be cancelled for special events, unusual circumstances or severe weather. • Please visit to view the most current pool schedule, fees, pool closure dates, and other information. Accessibility Features Santa Cruz County Parks and the Santa Cruz County Commission on Disabilities are partnered in their commitment to inclusivity and accessibility for all County residents wanting to enjoy the Simpkins Family Swim Center in safety and comfort. In 2021, the Commission conducted a community survey to discover how best to enhance the Swim Center’s accessibility and provide a welcoming, supportive space for community members with disabilities to get the most out of it. Low Stimulation Hours Wednesday afternoons (3-5pm), Simpkins will offer “low stimulation” hours for swimmers with disabilities that benefit from a quieter environment with less sensory stimulation to enjoy the pools. Warm Water Pool Simpkins features three pools at varying temperatures: 78 degrees Fahrenheit, 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and an unheated wading pool. Warm water pools are often credited with offering physical and mental benefits for swimmers with developmental, mobility and chronic pain disabilities, among others. Accessibility Equipment Several options are provided for people using wheelchairs to access the pools, including a water wheelchair, a stationary lift, and a mobile lift. Staff are on hand to provide verbal instruction on the use of accessibility equipment, though they will not be able to physically assist you. Zero Depth Entry People with mobility disabilities and those using the water wheelchair can easily enter the pool with a gently sloping entry point for gradual entry and increased control of the depth at which they are most comfortable. Free Entry for Caregivers All entry fees are waived for caregivers accompanying peoples with disabilities for the purpose of providing them with assistance as they use the facilities. Use of Flotation Devices Allowed People with disabilities who require flotation devices to use the pools safely are welcome to bring and use their own flotation devices. Private ADA-Compliant Shower, Changing Bed, Locker Room and Restroom The swim center provides a private accessible space for people with disabilities desiring privacy to shower and change before and after swimming. • 7 AQUATICS PROGRAMS Like us on Facebook: Simpkins Family Swim Center We’re on Instagram: Simpkins Family Swim Center • Use the lesson descriptions to select the class level that best matches your child’s ability level. Refer to the charts to find out when your choice is offered. If after reading the class descriptions you are still unsure which class level would best meet your child’s needs, you may sign your child up for a swim lesson assessment. Review the swim lesson Q&A page in the lesson dropdown list at, or call (831) 454-7953 for assistance. • If your child has not had the opportunity to practice their swimming skills, staff recommend that they repeat the level completed last summer. • Classes fill quickly. If you are not registering in person or online, be sure to list alternate sessions and class times on your registration form. • Children typically spend 2-4 sessions in the same group level before advancing to the next level. • Each lesson lasts for a 1/2 hour. Children receive 25 minutes of swim instruction; instructors will use the last 5 minutes of the lesson to provide feedback to swimmers’ parents/guardians. • Make-up swim lessons are not available if a participant is absent. In the event that a lesson is cancelled, a credit for the cancelled class will be applied to your account. Registration Tips & Lesson Information Swim Lesson Assessments If after reading the level descriptions you are unsure which level your child should be in, you can register (at least 24 hours in advance) for a FREE swim lesson assessment! Instructors will assess children one at a time, first-come, first-served. Test time: 5-10 min./child. A parent or guardian must accompany all swimmers under age 18. Private Swim Lessons County Parks offers year-round private swim lessons for ages 3 & up, taught by Swim Center staff. Your child will be given undivided attention from one of our experienced swim instructors. Lessons last 30 min. and take place during group lesson times. Please note that private staff lessons cannot be rescheduled or made-up. Private lessons may be cancelled only in the case of an emergency situation. Lesson descriptions are at Visit us at, email us at [email protected] or call (831) 454-7953 for additional information. Swim Lessons For details on registration dates, lesson descriptions and available classes, please visit the Swim Lesson Page at

8 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services AQUATIC PROGRAMS Swim Teams The swim teams listed below regularly use the county pool, but are not affiliated with County Parks. Please call the numbers listed for information. Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club - (831) 688-3613 Quicksilver Swimming - (760) 521-0126 Santa Cruz Swimming - (831) 471-7887 For additional information please visit us at, through e-mail at [email protected] or by phone call at (831) 454-7960 or (831) 454-7953. Lifeguard Training Courses Ages 15+ can learn the skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies, and earn the certification to be employed as a lifeguard in a pool environment. For more information about American Red Cross (ARC) courses, please visit or call (831) 454-7960. Also Available at the Swim Center: Private Swim Lessons led by Contract Instructors Private lessons are also offered, taught by contracted instructors. All instructors have at least five years of experience teaching swimming and may hold a combination of certificates, such as Water Safety Instructor Certificate, a USA coaching certificate, a teaching credential, etc. Their varied teaching experience includes: working with children of all ages and abilities; all levels of swimmers including fearful adults; special needs; stroke refinement; and technical stroke instruction for triathletes. Youth & Adult Aquatics Water Aerobics Water aerobics classes provide high intensity workouts and are an excellent way to meet your fitness goals with less impact on your joints. Classes are designed to appeal to all levels of ability including pre-natal, seniors, and rehabilitation or cross-training enthusiasts. Adult Fitness Swimming Participate in an organized lap swim workout intended to increase muscular strength, aerobic endurance, stroke technique and build overall fitness level. A variety of workouts will be offered to meet your fitness goals. Qualified coaches offer in-depth analysis and feedback on your stroke and help direct you to a lane with swimmers of similar ability and experience. Workouts are scheduled to be 90 minutes long but may be modified based on your experience and fitness goals. Drop-in Co-ed Adult Water Polo Join other adult water polo players for pick-up games. To participate, you must be a USWP member. Use your Simpkins Family Swim Center pass or pay cash for admission to the pool. Lap Swim Lane availability varies throughout the day. Circleswimming may be required during the busiest times, 6-7:30AM, 12-1:30PM, and 4-6PM. Please follow laplane pace indicators, posted lap-swim etiquette and lifeguard direction. Ages 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult in the same lane and be able to swim 25 yards (1 length) without stopping. Kickboards, pull buoys, and exercise equipment are available for lap swimming and warm-water pool exercise. • 9 YEAR-ROUND ENRICHMENT SUPER TOTS SPORTS Kreative Kids Kreative Kids offers children a year-round enrichment program where participants enjoy art, music, creative play and a balance of individual and group activities. Nature crafts, outdoor fun and monthly field trips round out this popular program. Parents assist the staff and provide snacks for the class once each month for each child enrolled in the program. Instructor: Sandy O’Connell brings several years of preschool teaching expertise to the program. Call (831) 336-1504 for more information. Note: A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor at the first class of each session. WILDER HALL IN BEN LOMOND – AGES 3-6 M-Th 8/7-8/31 9:30AM-1:30PM $360/$396 M-Th 9/5-9/28 9:30AM-1:30PM $338/$372 *No program 9/4 M-Th 10/2-10/26 9:30AM-1:30PM $360/$396 M-Th 10/30-11/30 9:30AM-1:30PM $338/$372 *No program 11/20-11/23 M-Th 12/4-12/21 9:30AM-1:30PM $270/$297 *No Program 5/29, 7/4 Super Tots Sports Children can have fun and learn the fundamentals of sports in a structured environment. Super Tots Sports includes four* 60-minute sessions consisting of organized practices and games. Participants will build confidence, develop teamwork and learn social skills in a positive, fun environment. Super Tots Sports will include a variety of sports, skills and activities. Instructor: Recreation Team LOCATION: Highlands County Park Gymnastics M 10/2 – 10/23 3-5y $75/$83 T-Ball Th 10/5 – 10/26 3-5y $75/$83 Gymnastics M 11/6 – 11/27 3-5y $75/$83 Flag Football Th 11/2 – 11/30* 3-5y $75/$83 *No session on 11/23 Gymnastics M 12/4 – 12/18* 3-5y $56/$62 *No session on 12/25 Gymnastics Th 12/7 – 12/28 3-5y $75/$83 Gymnastics M 1/8 – 01/29/24 3-5y $75/$83 Gymnastics Th 1/4 – 01/25/24 3-5y $75/$83

10 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services INTERPRETATIVE PROGRAMS Reptile & Amphibian Walk Join Park Docent James Maughn for a saunter along park trails in search of herps: reptiles and amphibians, that is. Peruse the pond and muse over the meadow as we learn about the favorite hang-outs and resting places of these fascinating animals. Open to ages 6 & up; an adult must accompany ages 12 & under. Space is limited for this free activity. Participants may register in advance at scparks. com or call 831-454-7901. Please note: an ActiveNet account is required for advance registration. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 16 & UP Su 11/19 10am-12pm Free Su 12/3 10am-12pm Free Full Moon Hike Come join us for a quiet exploration of Quail Hollow Ranch, under the moonlight. On this one-hour guided hike on the lower trails, you can search for critters and meander through the forest. Bring flashlights and/or a headlamp (though we may try to hike without them), and some drinking water. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. We will meet up outside the ranch house before heading out. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 8 & UP* Fri 9/29 9-10pm Free *Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Habitat Restoration French Broom is an invasive, exotic plant that takes over natural habitats. Join the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and park volunteers for a broom bash, removing these (and other unwanted plants) from the park trails. Your help with this project will improve the natural system of the park as well as its beauty. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we’ll call it a day. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves and water. For ages 16 and up. Chapter web site: For Goodness Snakes! In this exciting and interactive presentation, you’ll get a chance to see and hold (only if you want to!) a bluetongued skink, black and white Tegu, four different kinds of ball pythons, and a 9-ft. albino Burmese python! Brian will discuss snake senses and how these animals live and interact with the wild. For over 15 years Brian Gundy of For Goodness Snakes has been educating and entertaining children and adults with his reptile friends. He has worked with exotic animals such as birds of prey, African lions, Cheetahs, and domesticated animals of all kinds. Space is limited for this free activity. Participants may register in advance at scparks. com or call 831-454-7901. Please note: an ActiveNet account is required for advance registration. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 7 & UP Su 10/15 12-1pm Free Within These Walls: Ranch House Tour Join Park Docent Richard James on a tour of the Ranch house. Learn about its history from the Watermelon King to Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and beyond. This informative tour will give you the opportunity to find out about four of the families who made the ranch their business, home, and haven. Space is limited for this free activity. Participants may register in advance at scparks. com or call 831-454-7901. Please note: an ActiveNet account is required for advance registration. QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH – AGES 16 & UP Su 9/17 1-3pm Free Su 12/10 1-3pm Free • 11 ARTS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Santa Cruz County Arts Commission The Mission of the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission is to promote, expand, and plan for the cultural life of Santa Cruz County and to bring artists and arts organizations together with government for the benefit of all county residents. Percent For Art Program: Building A More Beautiful Community In April of 1991, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors took action to establish a Percent for Art Program applicable to County construction projects. Up to 2% of the cost of construction of buildings and parks can be designated to fund the inclusion of public artwork. Projects currently in the works include the Live Oak Library Annex, the Aptos library, the Heart of Soquel Parkway, and Green Valley Rd. Multi-use Pathway. Public art opportunities for artists are listed on the Parks website: Art Exhibitions Paintings, prints, crafts, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, and mixed-media works by local artists and crafts people are exhibited year-round at the County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. Exhibits typically run for 2-3 months on the first and fifth floors. Artists interested in showing their work at a County facility (Government Center, Simpkins Swim Center, Health Services Agency, and others) can visit the Arts Council website at for more information about the application process. Through the Spotlight Award, the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission publicly recognizes individuals who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work, but who have not received widespread acknowledgment of their talent. This award recognizes younger artists as well as those who are discovering their artistic voice later in life. The 2023 awardees are: visual artists Augie WK and Heejin Lee, photojournalist Kevin Painchaud, and poets Madeline Aliah and Nikia Chaney. The artists will show their work at the County Government Center (701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz) late July through October 20, 2023. More information about the award, the artists, and the exhibition can be found at Artist: Anastasiya Bachmanova Poetry & Music in the Park Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to live music and hearing local poets read from their work. This free series is hosted by County Parks and 2023/24 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Farnaz Fatemi. Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Upcoming dates are October 8 at Mesa Village Park with Bob Gomez (Watsonville Poet Laureate) and Magdalena Montagne (third poet TBA), and November 5 at Brommer Park (poets TBA). Visit for more information about the poets and the musicians.

12 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services Party in the Parks Santa Cruz County Parks has four extraordinary venues at affordable prices perfect for holiday parties, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, family gatherings, and company celebrations. [email protected] 1 2 • 13 Take a tour Autumn Showcase Highlands House & Quail Hollow Ranch Sunday, November 5th 10am - 2pm Open House Events Highlands House & Quail Hollow Ranch September 21st • October 19th • December 21st 4:30pm - 6:30pm Aptos Village Park & Valencia Hall September 7th • November 2nd 4:30pm - 6:30pm Highlands House; an elegantmeets-homey mansion with a private yard nestled in our enchanted forest¹ Quail Hollow Ranch; a sun kissed ranch tucked away in the Santa Cruz mountains² Aptos Village Park; a cozy clubhouse and patio surrounded by lush oak trees³ 4 Valencia Hall; a quaint historic hall deep within stoic forests Our venues 4 3

14 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES County Parks Among the groups and individuals who have made a difference in their community through their volunteer work with us are K&D Landscaping, Santa Cruz Warriors staff, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, SLV Rotary, Friends of Quail Hollow, Felton Library Friends, Department of Rehabilitation and families and individuals who pitch in to help maintain our Pinto Lake Disc Golf course, Anna Jean Cummings Park, and Jose Ave. Park. Adopt a Park – Volunteer groups may adopt one of our parks, natural areas, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nest boxes and other fun projects. Adopt a Trail – Volunteer groups adopt sections of paved or natural trails, report trail needs and perform small projects. Adopt a Project - Assist with special events, a project you are passionate about, or a new park! Volunteers receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials and tools needed for specific projects from the Parks Department. Quail Hollow Ranch Volunteers may lead interpretive programs, remove invasive non-native plants, assist with children's programs, maintain trails or garden, among other things. In return for your time you will gain a greater understanding of one of the more well-kept secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains and feel good about giving back to your community. For more information, please call Margaret Ingraham at (831) 454-7927. Junior Volunteer Program - Spring Camps Teens ages 13-17 can spend their spare time this summer helping recreation staff lead games, art and crafts, sports, and more for children ages 5-12. Gain valuable work experience and learn useful job skills. There is a $50 fee to participate in this program. Volunteer Opportunities - Parks, Trails, Beaches, Programs, and more! How can volunteers help? Individuals and groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to an on-going or long-term project. Anyone can become a volunteer, whether you are an individual, family, or part of a group! Why Volunteer? • Give back to the community • Improve the quality of life in your community • Gain valuable skills and experience • Practice and strengthen leadership skills • Meet new people • Help the Department extend services to more people • Have fun and utilize your unique skills and talents! What can you volunteer for? • Youth Programs • Beach & Park Clean-Ups • Park Docent • Neighborhood Park Projects • Park Maintenance • Senior Programs • Special Events Contact County Parks Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail: [email protected] or call (831) 454-7927 Felton Discovery Park The Felton Discovery Park, adjacent to the Felton Library, promotes environmental literacy through its design and programs. Volunteers meet monthly to maintain the native plant gardens and remove invasives. Docents help develop and implement programs and activities for people to learn about and interact with the natural world. See more about the park features at If interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form at • 15 ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES Our heartiest welcome goes to you! Thank you for being part of our recreation family in our unique and ever-expanding line of programs! We’re honored to have you with us on this FUN journey! Please check in the weeks to or email us to let us know you’re ready to join us this Fall in organized activities. We want to ensure you are on our email newsletter list. We can’t wait to see you! In the meantime, feel free to explore the great opportunities we have in store for you at scparks. com. If you need assistance or additional support on our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 831-454-7941 e-mail us at [email protected]. Capitola Mall Walking Join the Mall Walkers for health, fitness, and FUN! Meet friendly and supportive participants while you walk in a safe and protected environment. Walking is a wonderful way to be physically active! It’s easy, and it’s relatively riskfree. Walking is the most popular aerobic activity. We have monthly events and social gatherings at local eateries (lunch is not included). Come join us and be part of the movement. Drop by the entrance to the food court. Location: Capitola Mall M/W/F 9:30am 50 + $12.50 July-Dec 2024 Annual fee $25 Fitness at the Park A kinder, gentler aerobic workout appropriate for active adults who would like to include a low-intensity, lowimpact workout in their fitness plans. Each class includes anaerobic conditioning and stretching segments. Get ready to stretch, exercise your upper body with resistant bands and lower body exercises to build strength and balance. We will recover with relaxation breathing techniques. *Please consult with your physician before participating in this class. Location: Anna Jean Cummings County Park (meet at the bottom parking lot) Tu - through Oct 26 9:30am 50 + Free Location: Aptos Village Park Tu - Nov 7 to Feb 2024 9:30am 50 + Free Tai Chi Tai Chi is an ancient art form that has developed over centuries, and it covers concepts that are designed to improve our quality of life. This beginner’s program is exactly what you may be looking for if you are seeking a gentle form of mindful, relaxing exercise and stretching involving movements performed in a slow, focused manner. This class can be taken standing, sitting, or a combination of both. Come join the fun! Wear comfortable closes, bring water and sturdy, supportive footwear. Location: Heart of Soquel W/F 08/16-10/13 11-12pm *No class on 9/13 Location: Aptos Village Park W/F 10/25-12/15 1-2pm Bridge Club Join us for a Bridge Club session. Everyone is welcomed from beginners to social players. Make new friends and sharpen your mind. If you’re interested in playing Bridge, a table is waiting for you. Location: Capitola Branch Library September - December 2023 M 10:30am-12pm Free Dance Classes East Coast Swing Dance Class Location: Aptos Village Park Tu 8/15, 22, 29 10:30am-11:30am $108/$118 9/19, 26, 10/3 Line Dancing NEW Calling Line Dance Beginners! Location: Aptos Village Park W 10/4-11/29 10:30am-11:30am $65/$72 *No class: 10/11, 11/8, 11/22

16 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services Local Trips San Francisco Giants Games What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, at Oracle Park watching the San Francisco Giants vs. the Cleveland Guardians (Section 225). Bring a friend or family with you to enjoy this special day in the city. Fee includes transportation, shuttle from parking lot, and entrance to the game. September 13 $140R/$154NR Extended Tips For details on our extended trips program please visits us online at or call us at 831-454-7941 Tropical Costa Rica Experience It! Monteverde Cloud Forest Only four places in the world boast an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest, and Costa Rica is one of them. Situated high on a mountain, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is created by the forest’s dry air combining with the ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES humid, hot air of the rainforest. The result is a blanket of clouds that covers the forest, mimicking constant rainfall. This extremely wet environment has bred a diverse world of exotic flora and fauna. One of the cloud forest’s most famous residents is the endangered, resplendent quetzal. This colorful bird sports a golden beak and a green-hooded head, tail feathers of gray, black, and white, and a vibrant scarlet breast. Highly exclusive, quetzal sightings are rare, but unforgettable when attained. January 22-31, 2024 Iceland's Magical Northern Lights Experience It! The Northern Lights Each year, during the winter months, travelers’ journey to Iceland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights (aurora borealis). This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere; the results are spectacular. Streaks of colorful light appear across the sky. The colors can vary from white to pink or purple and, most commonly, green. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Iceland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit. February 24 – March 1, 2024 Single $4,099/Double $3,599/Triple $3,569 • 17 Memorials of World War II June 6, 1944: the day thousands of allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Otherwise known as D-Day, it is the day that marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War – and the day soldiers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and beyond sacrificed their lives on the shores of Normandy’s landing beaches. Embark on a reflective journey through the myriad reminders of this watershed event in world history. Discover the memorials, museums, and landmarks that stand in dedication to the heroic soldiers. Visit Omaha, Juno, Sword, and Utah Beach, and pay respect to the more than 9,000 lives honored at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest American cemetery in the region. April 12 – 21, 2024 Single $5,899/Double $4,899 ADULT & SENIOR ACTIVITIES Lifeguards Parks Services Officers Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Workers Open positions include: For more information and to apply, please email [email protected] or visit JOIN OUR TEAM! WE'RE HIRING!

18 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services • 19 OUTDOOR CEREMONY SERIES WITH SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PARKS Santa Cruz County Parks & the County Clerk invite you to enjoy your intimate wedding ceremony followed by a complimentary toast. Advanced reservations are required. Cost: $150. Includes the ceremony, a complimentary toast, and dessert for two. Couples must bring their marriage license (obtained separately through the County Clerk Office). Ceremonies will take place every hour for a nearly private experience.

20 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services FEES & CANCELLATIONS Resident/Non-resident Fees Where two registration fees are listed (e.g. $40/$44), the first is for Residents (R), the second for Non-residents (NR). You are a Non-resident (NR) if: you live outside Santa Cruz County; or in one of the 4 cities (Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville, Scotts Valley); or in one of these Special Recreation Districts: Alba, Opal Cliffs, or La Selva Beach. Waiting Lists If your original class choice is full, you will be placed on the waiting list for your original choice and contacted if space becomes available. Sibling Discount There is a discount of 15% for each additional sibling who is registered for the same session of the same youth activity, EXCEPT for swim lessons. The sibling discount only applies to online registrations when two or more siblings are registered for the same program option. You must mailin, fax-in, walk-in or call (831) 454-7941 when registering to receive a sibling discount if siblings are using different program options during the same session. Cancellation & Refund Policy – Youth Programs and Adult/Senior Programs Requests for transfers, credits or refunds must be submitted in writing, and are subject to the following guidelines: 4 or more business days prior to activity start date: • Transfer to another Parks activity. • Withdraw and receive a full credit to the account with Parks; credits are valid for one year. • Refund will be issued, less a $5.00 processing fee. 3 or fewer business days prior to activity start date: • Refunds, credits or transfers will not be issued. • If the space can be filled from a waitlist, the account with Parks may be credited, or one can receive a refund (less a $5.00 processing fee). If the activity has already started: If the participant has attended only one or two class meetings and concerns cannot be resolved, a pro- rated refund may be issued. Refunds are not available if the class has met three times, or if a participant fails to attend. Course Cancellations: If a program is cancelled by Parks, a full refund will be issued within 4 weeks. Swim Lesson Cancellation & Refund Policy Please plan your schedule carefully in order to keep transfers and cancellations to a minimum. A $5.00 fee will be charged when withdrawing from an aquatics activity. Make-up lessons are not available if your child is absent. When withdrawing, the following options are available: 3 or more business days prior to the activity start date: • Transfer to another aquatics activity, plus a $5.00 transfer fee. • Withdraw and receive a credit to your account, or receive a refund, less a $5.00 processing fee. • Account credits are valid for one year. 2 or fewer business days prior to the activity start date: • Transfer to another activity, plus a $5.00 transfer fee. • If the space can be filled from a waitlist, the account with Parks may receive a credit; or one can receive a refund, less a $5.00 processing fee. • If the space cannot be filled from a waitlist, credits or refunds will be given on a pro-rated basis, charging for the first class. If the activity has already started: If the participant has attended only one or two class meetings and concerns cannot be resolved, a pro-rated refund may be issued. Credits and refunds are not available once a class has met three times, or if a participant fails to attend. Make-up lessons are not available for missed classes. Course Cancellations: If a program is cancelled by Parks, a full refund will be issued within 4 weeks. Junior & Little Guards Refund/ Cancellation Policy • More than 3 weeks prior to start of the program a $50.00 cancellation fee • Less than 3 weeks prior to start of program 50% cancellation fee. After the 2nd day of the program refunds or credits will not be given. • 21 REGISTRATION INFORMATION Register with Active Network @ MEASURE G & MEASURE F Measure G & Measure F funding hard at work – thank you! FELTON DISCOVERY PARK SEACLIFF VILLAGE PARK CHANTICLEER PARK JOSE AVENUE PARK HEART OF SOQUEL PARKWAY Online registration for all camps, programs & activities are now open. If you have not yet created an Active Network account, please do so today. Mail registration to: Santa Cruz County Parks, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Walk-in registration: 979 17th Avenue: M-F, 9am-4pm. Phone-in registration: Aquatic Programs: (831) 454-7953. All other programs: (831) 454-7941. Please have your credit/ debit card info. including CVC/CVV, and program numbers ready when you call. Registration and a signed release of liability are required prior to program participation. Payment is required at the time of registration; fees are not pro-rated for late registration. You may pay using cash, check, credit card, debit card or e-check. There is a $40 service charge for returned checks and credit card charge backs. All activities, dates, and fees are subject to change. GREYHOUND ROCK


MERCADO DE DIA FESTIVO Pase por el Centro Comunitario Live Oak en el Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins el sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2023 y explore los ajustes únicos para todos en su lista, incluyendo joyas, sombreros, bolsos, textiles, adornos, chocolates, jabones, arte, velas, arte en vidrio y mucho más! PARCHE DE CALABAZA FLOTANTE Le estamos dando un giro divertido a la tradición de recolectar calabazas al crear un parche en la piscina, solo para ti! Además de las calabazas, hay muchas otras actividades divertidas planeado para el día. Este es un evento sin cita previa, las preinscripciones no son requerido. Sábado, 21 de octubre de 1pm a 4 pm. HAZ UNA CAMINATA Los parques del Condado de Santa Cruz ofrecen muchas opciones de senderismo. Para una experiencia de senderismo más rustica, visita Miller Family Park y disfruta de la tranquila majestuosidad de las secoyas. El Parque del Condado de Pinto Lake y el Parque Anna Jean Cummings también cuentan con hermosas rutas de senderismo. CAMPAMENTOS Diviertéte en unos de los campamentos en los Parques del Condado de Santa Cruz esta temporada. Ofrecemos algo para todos sus gustos en las pagina . EN LA PLAYA Desde la prístina costa del norte del Condado hasta las largas extensiones de playas de arena del sur, los Parques del Condado de Santa Cruz ofrecen unas vistas impresionantes y una gran variedad de oportunidades para su tiempo libre. ORGANIZA UNA FIESTA ¿Quieres hacer una fiesta única? Encontrará el lugar adecuado con Parques del Condado. Se pueden reservar muchas áreas de picnic para su exclusivo uso, mientras que otros están disponibles por orden de llegada. Tenemos muchas ubicaciones en todo el condado de Santa Cruz para diferentes tipos de eventos. Visítenos en para reservar su próximo evento. NOCHE DE CITA PARA PERRITOS DE HOWLOWEEN ¿Buscas algo divertido para hacer este octubre? Ven y únete una velada divertida con concursos de disfraces, comidas, bebidas, perros adoptables y mas! Te esperamos el sábado, 28 de octubre 5pm en Anna Jean Cummings Park - 461 Old San Calle José. - Soquel. La película comienza al atardecer. Película Doggie Date Night es "Pesadilla antes de Navidad" de Tim Burton Visita para obtener mas información sobre parques, programas y actividades. DIVERSIÓN EN LOS PARQUES DEL CONDADO DE SANTA CRUZ • 1 lnformación General. ..............................................................2 Eventos Especiales ..................................................................3 Campamento de invierno ....................................................5 lnformación del Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins.....6 Clases de Natación . ........................................................... 7-8 Niños Creativos ...........................................................................9 Deportes Super Tots...................................................................9 Programas Interpretativos................................................... 10 Programas y Actividades Artísticas .................................... 11 Parques y lugares para eventos de bodas. ...................12-13 Oportunidades de Voluntariado. .........................................14 Actividades para Adultos y Adultos Mayores ...............15-17 Picnic Areas............................................................................18 Información para Inscripciones y registros................. 20-21 Contenido Este Guía ha sido diseñado con la información más actualizada disponible en el momento de su publicación. Nuestro personal ha creado programas de acuerdo con las directrices del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Cruz. Esto incluye poder ofrecer programas online y presenciales que se adhieran a los protocolos de grupos estables, distanciamiento social, controles de síntomas y limpieza reforzada. Seguimos adaptándonos a esta situación fluida y nuestra máxima prioridad es la salud y la seguridad de nuestros participantes y del personal. Nos alegra volver a darte la bienvenida y esperamos seguir sirviéndote. Visita para conocer las ofertas actuales de nuestros programas y los horarios de las oficinas. No dudes en ponerse en contacto con nosotros con cualquier pregunta en [email protected] o hable al (831) 454-7901. Parks Rx Santa Cruz County Busca el logotipo de ParkRx para encontrar actividades gratuitas o de bajo costo que favorezcan la salud.

2 • Parques, Espacios Abiertos y Servicios Culturales La misión del Departamento de Parques, Espacios Abiertos y Servicios Culturales del Condado de Santa Cruz es proporcionar parques seguros, bien diseñados y mantenidos, y una amplia variedad de oportunidades recreativas y culturales para nuestra diversa comunidad. Política de No Discriminación Los Parques, Espacios Abiertos y Servicios Culturales del Condado de Santa Cruz prohíben la discriminación por motivos de raza, color, credo, religión, origen nacional, ascendencia, discapacidad, condición médica (relacionada con el cáncer y características genéticas), estado civil, sexo, orientación sexual, género, edad (mayor de 18 años), condición de veterano, embarazo o cualquier otro factor no relacionado con el mérito. Si consideras que has sido discriminado en relación con los programas, actividades o instalaciones de los Parques del Condado, puedes presentar una queja ante el Responsable de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo, llamando al (831) 454-7901. Ley para Estadounidenses con Discapacidades El Título II de la Ley para Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1990 exige que el Condado de Santa Cruz garantice que sus programas, servicios e instalaciones sean accesibles a las personas con discapacidad. El Condado de Santa Cruz apoya la creencia de que una comunidad íntegra es aquella en la que las personas con y sin discapacidades se recrean, aprenden y experimentan juntas. Te pedimos que lo notifiques al personal del Parque dos semanas antes de la inscripción para facilitar la solicitud de ajustes razonables. TDD/TTY-call 711. Para obtener información sobre el Programa de Telecomunicaciones para Sordos y Discapacitados, visita Consejo de Supervisores del Condado Manu Koenig Distrito 1 Zach Friend Distrito 2 Justin Cummings Distrito 3 Felipe Hernandez Distrito 4 Bruce McPherson Distrito 5 Se reúne los martes seleccionados a las, 9AM Comisión de Artes Vacant, Karen Kroslowitz Distrito 1 Adele Gardner, Tere Carrubba Distrito 2 Taj Leahy, Vacant Distrito 3 Herminia Borge, Judy Stabile Distrito 4 Lynda Phillips, Margaret Niven (chair) Distrito 5 Se reúne los lunes seleccionados a las, 4:30PM Comisión de Parques y Recreación Katherine Lee Distrito 1 Tricia Wiltshire Distrito 2 Jeremy Sanford Distrito 3 Martha Victoria Vega Distrito 4 Monica Martinez Distrito 5 Se reúne los lunes seleccionados a las, 7PM Ponte en contacto con los comisarios de Parques y Recreación y de Arte a traves del correo electrónico: [email protected] CONDADO DE SANTA CRUZ DEPARTAMENTO DE PARQUES, ESPACIOS ABIERTOS Y SERVICIOS CULTURALES 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 | (831) 454-7901; Fax (831) 454-7940 lnscripciones acuáticas – (831) 454-7953 — Lu-Vi, 9am-4pm Reservas de instalaciones – (831) 454-7938 —Lu-Vi 9am-4pm lnscripciones para actividades recreativas – (831) 454-7941 — Lu-Vi 9am-4pm Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins – (831) 454-7960 lnformación Automatizada del Centro de Natación – (831) 454-7948 Siguenos en Facebook: Santa Cruz County Parks Department Estamos en lnstagram: Santa Cruz County Parks Siguenos en Twitter @SCParksDept • 3 EVENTOS ESPECIALES

4 • Parques, Espacios Abiertos y Servicios Culturales EVENTOS ESPECIALES 7 Anual HUETO DE CALABAZA FLOTANTE sabado, 21 de octubre 12pm - 4pm ¡Calabazas flotantes! • Rifa! • ¡Juegos y premios! ¡Dulces! • ¡Tablas de paddle surf! Este es un evento sin cita previa, llueva o truene; no se requieren registros previos. Visite para ver el horario de actividades y la información de admisión. Le estamos dando un giro divertido a la tradición de recolectar calabazas al crear un parche en la piscina, ¡solo para ti! Además de las calabazas, se planean muchas otras actividades divertidas para el día. • 5 SESIÓN I: DÍA COMPLETO: DÍA COMPLETO: MEDIO DÍA: MEDIO DÍA: SESIÓN I: SESIÓN II: SESIÓN II: CONDADO DE SANTA CRUZ DEPARTAMENTO DE PARQUES, ESPACIOS ABIERTOS Y SERVICIOS CULTURALES 831-454-7941 SCPARKS.COM L-J L-J L-J L-J DÍA COMPLETO: L-J 12/26 - 12/30 12/26 - 12/30 1/2 - 1/5 1/2 - 1/5 7:30am-6pm 9am-3pm 7:30am- 6pm 9am-3pm $250/$275 $175/$198 $250/$275 $175/$198 DÍA COMPLETO: L-J 12/26 - 12/30 1/2 - 1/5 9am-3pm 9am-3pm $175/$198 $175/$198 Edades 6-12 PARQUE APTOS VILLAGE PARQUE HIGHLANDS Campamento de Invierno PARQUE APTOS VILLAGE PARQUE HIGHLANDS

6 • Parques, Espacios Abiertos y Servicios Culturales Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins - ¡Tu Piscina del Condado! Inscripciones acuáticas (831) 454-7953 • Centro de Natación (831) 454-7960 PROGRAMAS ACUÁTICOS Abrimos los 7 días de la semana, todo el año. El centro cuenta con tres piscinas y esta abierto todo al año. La piscina de 78 grados y 17 carriles, que es la más grande del Condado de Santa Cruz, se utiliza para nadar en carril, clases de natación, equipos de natación, waterpolo, salvavidas junior, ejercicios para adultos y practicar aeróbicos acuáticos. La Piscina de Agua Temperada se utiliza para natación recreativa, clases de natación y terapia, y se mantiene a 88 grados. Cuenta con una rampa de entrada de profundidad cero para facilitar el acceso de las sillas de ruedas. La Zona de Chapoteo y Rociado tiene una profundidad de 6 pulgadas, lo que la convierte en una piscina perfecta para los más pequeños: • Los niños que no saben nadar deben estar bajo la supervisión directa de un adulto, al alcance de la mano, en todo momento. Los menores de 8 años deben estar bajo la supervisión directa de un adulto en los vestuarios y en la cubierta de la piscina. • La entrada es por orden de llegada. Todas las personas que entren en la zona de la piscina deben pagar una tarifa de entrada. • Para los que aún no saben ir al baño, aplicamos una política de dos capas. Se debe usar un pañal de natación y pantalones de plástico con bandas elásticas en las piernas y en la cintura. Ambos artículos se pueden adquirir en el centro de natación. • No se permiten los envases de vidrio. • No se deben traer juguetes acuáticos ni dispositivos de flotación para los niños a la piscina. • Las horas del programa de natación pueden variar de las indicadas en este folleto. • Todas las tarifas están sujetas a cambios. • Los programas pueden ser cancelados por eventos especiales, circunstancias inusuales o mal tiempo. • Visita para ver los horarios actualizados de la piscina, las tarifas, las fechas de cierre de la piscina y otra información. Características de Accesibilidad Los Parques del Condado de Santa Cruz y la Comisión de Discapacidades del Condado de Santa Cruz se han asociado en su compromiso con la inclusión y la accesibilidad para todos los residentes del Condado que quieran disfrutar del Centro de Natación Familiar Simpkins con seguridad y comodidad. En 2021, la Comisión realizó una encuesta a la comunidad para descubrir la mejor manera de mejorar la accesibilidad del Centro de Natación y ofrecer un espacio acogedor y de apoyo para que los miembros de la comunidad con discapacidades puedan sacarle el máximo partido. Programa de Natación Adaptada: los detalles se darán a conocer próximamente, consulta nuestro sitio web para conocer las últimas novedades. Horas de Baja Estimulación Simpkins ofrece horas de "baja estimulación" para los nadadores con discapacidades que se benefician de un entorno más tranquilo con menos estímulos sensoriales para disfrutar de las piscinas. Para conocer el horario de baja estimulación actual, consulta el horario de "Natación Abierta" en scparks. com. Piscina de Agua Temperada Simpkins cuenta con tres piscinas de distintas temperaturas: 78 grados Fahrenheit, 88 grados Fahrenheit, y una piscina infantil no climatizada. A menudo se atribuye a las piscinas de agua temperada los beneficios físicos y mentales para los nadadores con discapacidades de desarrollo, movilidad y dolor crónico, entre otros. Equipos de Accesibilidad Se ofrecen varias opciones para que las personas que utilizan sillas de ruedas puedan acceder a las piscinas, como una silla de ruedas acuática, un ascensor fijo y un ascensor móvil. El personal está a tu disposición para proporcionarte instrucciones verbales sobre el uso de los equipos de accesibilidad, aunque no podrá ayudarte físicamente. Entrada de Profundidad Cero Las personas con discapacidades motrices y las que utilizan la silla de ruedas acuática pueden entrar fácilmente en la piscina con un punto de entrada suavemente inclinado para una entrada gradual y un mayor control de la profundidad en la que se sienten más cómodos. Entrada Gratuita para los Cuidadores Los cuidadores que acompañan a las personas con discapacidad no tienen que pagar ninguna tarifa de entrada para ayudarles a utilizar las instalaciones. Se Permite el Uso de Dispositivos de Flotación Las personas con discapacidad que necesiten dispositivos de flotación para utilizar las piscinas con seguridad pueden traer y utilizar sus propios dispositivos de flotación. Ducha, cambiador, vestuario y baño privados conforme a la Ley ADA El centro de natación ofrece un espacio privado y accesible para las personas con discapacidad que deseen privacidad para ducharse y cambiarse antes y después de nadar.

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