This is a 26 acre park, complete with playing field, group picnic
areas, play area, tennis court, and a beautiful house. The house features hardwood floors, picture windows, a large kitchen and private lawn. The house will accommodate groups of up to 200 for weddings, private parties, or meetings. This is one of Santa Cruz County's most popular wedding facilities. Other amenities include 2 softball fields, 1 soccer field and 2 group (reservable) picnic areas. Also on the park property is a senior center and the childrens center of San Lorenzo Valley.
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In the early 1900's, Lord and Lady Anderson, of England, bought the 43 acres which now make up Highlands Park. They built an English-style mansion on the property and named it "The Highlands," in honor of Lord Anderson's Scottish heritage. When his wife died, Lord Anderson sold the land.
It was in the hands of developers until the Nasser family bought it in the late 1930's. The Nassers tore down the aging Anderson mansion and built the home which is still on the property today. The Nasser family, being entrepreneurs in the entertainment/filming business, regularly enjoyed entertaining guests in the house.
Santa Cruz County Parks purchased the property in 1974, and the park opened as San Lorenzo Valley park in 1977. The name was later changed to Highlands Park in memory of Lord and Lady Anderson.
8:00 am till dusk, unless reserved.
There are 8 parking spaces.
Picnic tables, play ground, volleyball court and tennis courts are available. Public restrooms are open year round. Fishing is allowed with license.
From Santa Cruz, take highway 1 to Highway 17. Go about 3 miles Highway 17 to the Scotts Valley/Mount Hermon Road exit. Continue on Mount Hermon Road through Scotts Valley 3.8 miles to Graham Hill Road. Turn right on Graham Hill Road and take your next right on Hwy 9. Go about 2 miles on Hwy 9, Highlands Park is on your right hand side 1500 yards after Glenn Arbor Road.