Santa Cruz County Parks Department - Strategic Plan

The Final County Parks Strategic Plan is now available!
See information and links below.

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The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services will present the Final Plan to the Santa Cruz County Parks Commission on August 6, 2018

Attend the County Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting:
Monday, August 6, 7PM
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust - Kathleen King Community Room 85
Nielson Street, Watsonville, CA 95076


Based on more than a year of community meetings and public input, the Parks Strategic Plan establishes our vision and sets forth a series of goals for the County Parks Department, based on your feedback.

Read the Final County Parks Strategic Plan! Final County Parks Strategic Plan  Appendices

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

Our Vision

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 Values

Equity: Serving communities throughout the county with a focus on those most in need, to ensure that parks and programming are inclusive, welcoming and accessible to all.


Stewardship: Sustaining natural systems and conserving resources throughout the parks system for future generations, including education and learning opportunities, and chances for people to appreciate and connect with the natural world.


Well-Being: Creating a happier and healthier Santa Cruz County and improving quality of life by promoting physical activity, safe and welcoming public spaces, positive community interactions, and relief from everyday stress.


Strategic Plan Pyramid

This page is dedicated to the Strategic Plan for the County Parks Department. To see the overall County of Santa Cruz’s Strategic Plan 2018-2024, please visit here.


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)