Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends), a local nonprofit serving 32 state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, announced it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, to fund the ongoing restoration of the Castro Adobe State Historic Park.
Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe is one of four adobe buildings remaining in Santa Cruz County and one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the Castro, and is partnering with State Parks to open the adobe as a State Historic Park. A phased opening started this year with school group tours and public open house events, which continue on August 14th and 15th. The Castro Adobe will be Santa Cruz County’s newest State Historic Park.
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation grant will help fund Phase Two restoration work to:
- Strengthen the second floor of the Adobe
- Install a lift to make the Adobe wheelchair accessible
- Move the interior stairs to create a larger space for the interpretation of the fandango room
- Install new exterior stairs
- Finalize seismic stabilization of the building