Highlands Park

8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond

One of our most popular wedding and event sites, Highlands Park House sits within a 26 acre regional park. The historic house which stands today is a favorite among wedding sites as it offers a private, beautifully landscaped and maintained facility for your enjoyment.  Highlands Park was recently included in a list of the best 15 Northern California "Woodsy Venues" - read the article in Here Comes the Guide.  

Your reservation includes the Lorenzo Room, Newell Room, a Garden Room with a wet bar, and a large kitchen downstairs, and two changing rooms upstairs. A private lawn with a small archway and brick walkway are included for your exclusive use.

You also get a five hour sound permit at no cost which is allowed indoors only except for ceremony music outdoors (within the five hour time frame). Your Band or DJ needs to be located inside the facility, however they can place their speakers near the windows so it creates a soft background sound and your guests can converse comfortably during the dining portion, and then you move inside for dancing!

If you would like to visit Highlands Park, you may drop-in daily during regular park hours, dawn until dusk, to view the exterior and peek in the windows, however if the venue is reserved, then you will not be able to walk up to the house or wedding lawn. Individual tours are unavailable; however, we do schedule monthly open houses which allows you to view the inside of the facility. Call or email us for the current open house schedule. 

125 people maximum indoors and outdoors on Saturdays during the months of April to mid-June. The capacity increases to the maximum 200 persons on Saturdays mid-June through October. The winter capacity is 100 persons indoors November through March. Maximum capacities include children and hired helpers.

We provide 125 chairs, 16 five foot (60 inch) round tables as well as 4 eight foot rectangular tables for your dining and food service needs.The kitchen is equipped with residential sized appliances for warm-up and serve food service only for your catered or self-catered event.

Reservation Times
Reservation times include set-up, clean-up, and a 5-hour maximum event time, to include ceremonies. A 10 hour minimum to reserve your day is required weekends April through October. A 6 hour minimum with a 3-4 hour event time frame is available weekdays and in the winter months of November through March, however all of your time at the park needs to be within your reserved time frame.

Meeting Rooms
Weekday only Meeting Room use for meetings includes our interior meeting room space only with tables and chairs. Any kitchen use, or exterior use, needs to be added to your reservation by our office.  Additional fees apply. The tables and chairs are not permitted outdoors with a meeting room rental. 



Thank you for your interest in our facility. For complete information about a facility reservation, please call (831) 454-7938 or email us at reservations@scparks.com.

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) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us