Santa Cruz County Parks Department - Strategic Plan

The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
invites YOU to participate in shaping the future of YOUR county!

The Draft County Parks Strategic Plan is available!
See information below about how to preview the plan and submit comments.

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  Join your neighbors at a public meeting on the Draft County Parks Strategic Plan!

In 2017, the Santa Cruz County Parks Department undertook a strategic planning process and asked you all what was most important to YOU. On March 27, 28 & 29, they will bring what they learned back to you and the community.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see and comment on the draft plan that will guide the Department’s work for the next decade. This plan will help us the Parks Department as they continue to work for a healthy and vibrant county with your support!


Public Meeting Times and Locations:

Mar 27, 6:00-7:30pm – Simpkins Family Swim Center, Live Oak (map)
Mar. 28, 6:00-7:30pm – Highlands Park, Ben Lomond (map)
Mar. 29, 6:00- 7:30pm – Civic Plaza, Watsonville (map)


Read the Draft County Parks Strategic Plan!
Please submit your comments on this draft plan by April 6 by completing the questionnarie
(click on Submit Comments below), or attend a public meeting.

  Read the Draft Plan                 Submit Comments                Read Appendices


During April, May, and June,
community involvement in the
Strategic Plan generated:

  • Over 700 survey responses
  • Input from over 190 people who attended the community meetings
  • Interest from more than 900 people who signed up on the strategic plan email list


Read questionnaire responses              Read community meeting comments

Plan Summary


Our Draft Vision Statement

This following draft vision has been developed with staff, the public and the Strategic Plan Working Group.  The vision is intended to convey the desired end state of the work that we do:

A healthy and vibrant county where everyone is able to be active, explore, learn, play and connect, and where our diverse natural and cultural resources are celebrated and protected for generations to come.

Our Draft Values

Based on your input, and input from staff, the following values represent the core motivators and guides for the Parks Department:

  • Equity: Serving diverse communities throughout the County
  • Stewardship: Sustaining natural systems and conserving resources throughout the parks system for future generations
  • Well-Being: Creating a happier and healthier Santa Cruz County and improving quality of life


To submit comments by email, please send and email to with "Strategic Plan" in the subject line.  

To see a quick overview of the County Parks system, please see the Park Finder - an interactive County Parks map.


Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •