Valencia Hall and Post Office

The Valencia Hall and Post Office are all that remain of the once thriving community of Valencia. Built circa 1884 by Frederick A. Hihn for his Valencia logging mill workers and their families.  Valencia Hall originally served as a community meeting place for dances, Sunday school, the Lyceum and Literary Society. In the 1920s ownership […]

Polo Grounds Restroom Now Open for Business!

Polo Grounds Park in Aptos is well known to many area families; many weekends of the year, the park hosts up to 2,000 people who come to play soccer, baseball, ride their BMX bikes, walk their dogs, and other sports and recreational activities. Until now, all these thousands of weekly visitors had only a few […]

Polo Grounds Restroom Groundbreaking

The day which many Aptos families have been eagerly awaiting will soon be upon us! The Santa Cruz County Parks Department has announced that the new Polo Grounds Park Restroom and Concession Building will be having a ribbon cutting opening ceremony on Wednesday, November 16th between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. All are welcome to […]

Seacliff Village Park Now Open

After nearly twenty years of work by our community, the Seacliff Village Park is now open! Despite the damp conditions for the event, dozens of community members came out for the ribbon cutting. Food was provided by Manuel’s Restaurant and Severino’s, and many children got their first chance to break in the new play structures. […]

Seacliff Village Park Opens December 10!

It’s been years in the making, and now, finally, Seacliff Village Park opens December 10! There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest Santa Cruz County Park on Thursday, December 10th from 1 to 3 PM. Located at the corner Sea Ridge Road and McGregor Drive, the new Seacliff Village Park is a 1.4-acre […]

Seacliff Village Park Groundbreaking

It’s finally happening – Seacliff Village Park will soon become a reality! The public is invited to attend the Seacliff Village Park groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, August 3rd from 10 AM until 12 noon. The ceremony is to be held at the park site at the corner of McGregor Drive and Sea Ridge Road in […]

Castro Adobe Receives $100,000 Grant

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 […]

Castro Adobe to Open this Summer

The famous Castro Adobe in Larkin Valley will be held open for three weekends this summer. The Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will be holding the home open to visitors on June 12th and 13th, July 10th and 11th, and August 14th and 15th. The Adobe will be open on each of those days […]

Help Dust Off the Nisene Marks Fire Road

The Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks have announced that they are working with the Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks and California State Parks to help keep the dust off the Nisene Marks fire road. Last year the Forest of Nisene Marks Advisory Committee, comprised of the three organizations, worked to fund the […]

Restrooms for the Polo Grounds

The Polo Grounds Regional Park is used by hundreds of families from Aptos and throughout Santa Cruz county. Countless baseball and soccer games are held in this park, and for years now, there haven’t been proper restrooms for the Polo Grounds.  The only facilities available have been some chemical “port-a-potty” toilets. Parents or children needing something cleaner […]