Come to the Seacliff Mural Unveiling on Saturday, September 19th at 4 PM! The new mural graces the corner of Broadway and Center in Seacliff, and depicts the moment when the SS Palo Alto arrived at Seacliff Beach. It’s a beautiful mural and will be a focal point of Seacliff Village for many years to come!
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 Aptos.
The first phase of the park’s construction will be performed by Earthworks Paving Contractors, who have 144 days to complete this first stage of the development. This work will include a lighthouse-themed play structure, a picnic area, a small plaza, drinking fountain, bike rack, benches, several walkways, and drought tolerant landscaping.
Phase 1 will also include a public art component by artist Kathleen Crocetti, who will cast 38 stained concrete pylons topped with mosaics along the park pathways. The public is invited to join in the creation of the artwork by attending design meetings or participating in the onsite artwork construction. For more details please visit www.scparks.com.
Please join County Supervisor Zach Friend, Parks staff, the Seacliff Improvement Association and Earthworks Paving Contractors, Inc. for this FREE event on August 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. All are invited to attend to hear speakers share, and reminisce about how Seacliff Village Park became a reality.
Seacliff Village Park (formerly called McGregor Park) is a 1.25-acre park that will be located at the corner of Sea Ridge Road and McGregor Drive, just outside of Seacliff Village in Aptos. Development of the park is planned to be done in two phases, and work is scheduled to begin in 2015.
Phase One focuses on the northern section of the park, and will include a fenced play area, benches, covered picnic areas, bike racks, and a walking path. In Phase One, the perimeter will be planted with drought-resistant foliage and street trees, and the 15,000sf center area will be landscaped with drought-resistant turf and temporarily seeded with meadow grass.
A start date for Phase Two has not been determined. Phase Two will consist primarily of a 3500sf outdoor, public amphitheater which will be used for performances by Aptos area artists and community members.
Seacliff Village Park is located adjacent to the Canterbury Park development, a three-acre, 19-unit development of affordable housing, and will be a welcome amenity for families living there and in all of Seacliff and greater Aptos.
Related Posts On AptosCommunityNews
- Seacliff Village Park Now Open (December 11, 2015)
- Seacliff Village Park Opens December 10! (December 4, 2015)
- Seacliff Village Park Groundbreaking (August 2, 2015)
- New Park coming to Seacliff (September 17, 2014)
See also: Seacliff Village Park Plan
Santa Cruz County 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend’s January Aptos update was given this morning at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. The meeting was very well attended, with nary an empty set in the house. The Supervisor spoke for about 15 minutes, and then took questions for another 15 minutes.
His entire remarks have been recorded and are available in audio format, which you can listen to here. There is a tremendous amount of detail which many folks will find interesting to hear:
Zach Friend at the Aptos Chamber, January 2015
A summary of the topics discussed is as follows:
The Sustainable Santa Cruz Plan: the new plan will bring the greatest changes in land use, transportation, and housing ever seen in Santa Cruz county, and should enable appreciable improvements in the kinds of real estate development (both commercial and residential) that can be done, to bring more jobs and affordable housing to Santa Cruz (and Aptos).
Rancho del Mar Redevelopment: Supervisor Friend says that the development company which has purchased the shopping center has not yet been willing to discuss with the county its plans, however it seems as though re-development of Rancho del Mar will now be put on the back burner. This is good news and bad news; the bad news is, the sale triggered a re-assessment of the property’s value, which will significantly increase property tax – the cost of which will ultimately be paid by the tenants. Tenants will enjoy higher rents, and nobody will enjoy any improvements in the center for some time to come.
Aptos Village Redevelopment: the county has done 100% of the work it can do at this point to green-light the project. The ball is entirely in the hands of the developer, Barry Swenson Builders. Barry Swenson Builders have not actually applied for the permit yet, but they have already signaled that the project will be going forward by ordering the closing of the Aptos Post Office Bike Jumps. Their county entitlements for the project require that they do at least apply for the permit by the end of 2015, so something should be happening soon.
Seacliff Village Redevelopment: the Supervisor views Seacliff Village as becoming a “crown jewel” in Santa Cruz county. The project should be starting in about April with the under-grounding of the utility cables. The plan includes streetscape improvements, a new median, a new entrance to Seacliff State Beach, and new sidewalks all the way from the State Park to Soquel Drive, eventually tying in with the rail trail.
The Rail Trail Project: the Supervisor reiterated the line that the Proposition 116 funds which were used to purchase the rail line require that the county either show that “active” rail service is not economically feasible, or develop passenger rail service. There is an ongoing study to determine the feasibility of the service, the first results of which should be available in April. Unless active train service can be shown to be infeasible, you can expect that train service will be “part of the matrix.”
Mar Vista Overpass: The project is funded and now it appears that construction will begin in 2017.