Heart of Soquel
4740 Soquel Drive, Soquel
*Due to COVID-19, all playgrounds at County parks are closed.
This nearly 2-acre neighborhood park, located behind Soquel Village Post Office, has a bocce ball court, pedestrian trails with universal access, a plaza, benches and bike racks, and a beautiful riparian habitat.
Sunrise to sunset.
Construction of Heart of Soquel Parkway
The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is excited to begin construction simultaneousley on Phases 2 and 3 of the Heart of Soquel Parkway. Phases 2 & 3 include a new pervious concrete walking trail from Heart of Soquel Park Plaza, along Soquel Creer, to the pedestrian bridge behind the Soquel Elementary School. The Proposed project includes an all access trail, habitat restoration, trail heads, drainage improvements, fencing, interpretive signage and a public art feature. Funding for the project comes from the California River Parkways Grant Program.
For an illustrative diagram of the Phase 2 & 3 trail project, click here.
TRAIL CONSTRUCTION WILL BE UNDERWAY JULY 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.
There is a parking lot with 34 spaces, 4 of which are ADA compliant.
Park visitors can enjoy a univerally-accessible decomposed-granite nature walk along Soquel Creek, a bocce court, and benches to enjoy a picnic lunch or just relax The plaza area is available for small-scale community event by reservation only; a fee and insurance requirement applies. Please contact the Facilities Office at (831)454-7938 for reservation information.
Juan Ramón Gimeno created the 5' high-fire ceramic sculptural piece, titled "Old Tree." The inner structure of the piece is stoneware, with a surface of textured porcelain and stoneware in neutral colors, mimicking the look of a weathered, fossilized Cypress tree.
From the North: Take Highway 1 south towards Watsonville. Take the Bay Avenue exit in Capitola. Turn left onto Bay Avenue, under the freeway. Bay Avenue becomes Porter Street. The entrance to the parking lot is on your right, just before the Soquel Dr./Porter St. intersection.
From the South: Take Highway 1 north towards Santa Cruz. Take the Bay Avenue exit in Capitola. Turn right onto Bay Avenue. Bay Avenue becomes Porter Street. The entrance to the parking lot is on your right, just before the Soquel Dr./Porter St. intersection.