Something for everyone can be found at this 183 acre regional park, which has a beautiful lake with a fishing pier and surrounding nature trails, playground, two family picnic areas, and wheelchair accessible restrooms. Turtle Dove, a public art project by artist Roberto Castro and youth from the JTPA program, can be found at the park; trail markers highlight the wildlife which can be viewed along the nature trail. Soccer fields and two pavilions with BBQs are available for rent (see below). There is also a small baseball field. See the location where locals believe the Virgin Mary appeared.
A disc golf course is the
newest attraction to Pinto Lake Park.
Reservation hours are available daily from 10am to 7pm during summer months. Reservation end time varies according to season. Drop in park use is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Reservable Picnic Areas
Pavillions A and B are perfect outdoor locations for family and company picnics. Available by reservation only. They offer privacy for your group and a comfortable, scenic oasis for your enjoyment. Capacity is 100. 1 Large Barbecue and picnic tables are included.
Pavillion A is the first covered picnic area upon entering the park. It is closest to the playground and near public restrooms.
Pavillion B is the second covered picnic area located at the far end of the park. Public restrooms are nearby. It offers privacy for your group.
Check Availability: Picnic Area A Picnic Area B
Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Walk-in reservations can be made at the Simpkins Family Swim Center at 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am- 4pm. Please allow one month before event date for phone reservations, and 3 days for walk-in. Cash, check or Visa/Mastercard accepted. For more information, please call (831)454-7956.
From Highway 1 south, exit onto Airport Boulevard, on Green Valley Road make a left. From Highway 1 north, take the Airport Boulevard exit, turn left onto Airport Blvd to Green Valley Road, go left. You will go past Pinto Lake City Park and will see Pinto Lake County Park. Make a left turn into the park.