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 presented the Final Plan to the Santa Cruz County Parks Commission on August 6, 2018.  Resulting from 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. 


Read the Final County Parks Strategic Plan!



To get involved or find out more about your Santa Cruz County Parks Department, attend a bi-monthly Parks Commission meeting, or follow @SCParksDept on Facebook & Twitter, or santacruzcountyparks on Instagram.

Read the Strategic Plan Appendices

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)