Construction of Heart of Soquel Parkway
The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is excited to begin construction simultaneously on Phases 2 and 3 of the Heart of Soquel Parkway. Phases 2 & 3 include a new pervious concrete walking trail from Heart of Soquel Park Plaza, along Soquel Creer, to the pedestrian bridge behind the Soquel Elementary School. The Proposed project includes an all access trail, habitat restoration, trail heads, drainage improvements, fencing, interpretive signage and a public art feature. Funding for the project comes from the California River Parkways Grant Program.
For an illustrative diagram of the Phase 2 & 3 trail project, click here.
Construction will be taking place Summer - Winter 2020.
In winter of 2019/2020, the County Parks Department partnerned with the County Park Friends to construct the skatable art feature at Seacliff Village Park.
In summer/fall of 2020 the County Parks Department will be installing a new permanent pre-fabricated restroom building at Seacliff Village Park. The new accessible restroom will also feature a mural through the County's Percent of Art Program.
Construction and installation of the new restroom will occur late summer/early fall 2020.
Felton Discovery Park - With partial funding from a Outdoor Education Facilities Grant from California State Parks, the County Parks Department has constructed the Felton Discovery Park at the new Felton Library grounds on Gushee Street in downtown Felton. The park includes a nature trail, two pedestrian bridges over Bull Creek, program and gathering space, interactive play elements, musical instruments, educational and interpretive signage, native and pollinator planting areas, and riparian restoration. The park opened February 22, 2020.
County Parks has been awarded a Shade Structure Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology. The grant enabled us to build a permanent shade structure to protect our community members.
Farm Park Community Meetings 2019 - The County Parks Department in conjuction with Supervisor Leopold's office and other community partners held six community pop-up meetings in June and July of 2019. Over 100 people attended the meetings. Participants were asked to identify their preferences regarding Overall Park Features and Playground Features, and the results are shown below. In addition to the pop-up meetings, there was an online survey and 73 people participated over a 2-month period. The results to the survey, which asked questions similar to those at the pop-up meetings such as Most Important Park Feature and Prefered Play Equipment are shown below. Please see the following link, Farm Park Community Meetings for a cpmplete listing of the commnity outreach.
Farm Park Concept Plan
Farm Park Funding - The County Parks Department applied for grant funding through the Prop 68 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program to provide many new recreational features based on input recieved at teh community meetings. Unfortunately, the grant was not awarded; however, the department and partners are currently seeking other sources of funding for the project.
Chanticleer Avenue Park is a 4.5-acre neighborhood park in the Live Oak community. Construction for Chanticleer Park is complete. Timelapse video of parks construction here.
The park opened on January 18th, 2020.
Park improvements include a new inclusive play area (LEO’s Haven), a new parking area, a new restroom building, off-leash dog areas, bike pump track, community garden, and associated improvements including on-street parking, pathways, drainage, plantings and fencing. Phase I improvements are the result of community meetings over the past decade and are the first phase of implementation of the adopted park master plan.
Community Pop-up Meetings: Wednesday, September 30 4-7pm and Saturday, October 3 9am-12pm.
Chaticleer Park Phase 1 development has been completed including LEO's Have and basic park infrastructure. However, many park amenities such as picnic pavilions, additional community garden space, a skate dot and other amenities could not be constructed because of limited funding. The Parks Department is applying for Prop 68 grant funding for Phase 2, to include additional park features. Please help us prioritize what amenities are most important to include in the grant application for Phase 2.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please drop by any time during a meeting. Please wear a face covering and maintain plysical distance, and bring your ideas! Wednesday, September 30: 4-7pm AND Saturday, October 3: 9am-12pm
First 50 participants at each meeting will recieve free County Parks sunglasses or sunscreen.