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Join Us: Phase 2 Major Construction Kick-off at the Castro Adobe

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has reached a new milestone in the restoration of the Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe: the start of Phase 2 Major Construction. 

Phase 2 Major Construction includes:

  • Construction of new interior stairs to create a larger space for the interpretation of the second floor fandango (dance) room
  • Installation of a lift to make the second story fully accessible to all
  • Final tie-in to the seismic stabilization system
  • Installation of a structural steel beam to strengthen the second floor, making it accessible to groups of school children and other park visitors

This is a significant event as Friends moves forward in partnership with California State Parks to open the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Phase 2 Major Construction Kick-off will be celebrated during the Castro Adobe Open House Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. There will be a ceremony at 12 p.m. Please join us. 

Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road north of Watsonville. Parking is extremely limited, so please carpool. The Open House Day will include tours of the property and historical demonstrations. learn more here on the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks website.


Save the date: 2015 ParkStore Holiday Sale
The annual ParkStore Holiday Sale will be Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6 at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park ParkStore, 144 School St. in Santa Cruz.
Friends members enjoy a 30 percent discount on merchandise, and nonmembers receive a 20 percent discount. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks memberships also are available for purchase for $25 during the sale, and the 30 percent discount is applicable immediately.
Holiday Sale hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday.

Explore local state parks through Google Maps
You can now visit many Santa Cruz-area state parks thanks to a partnership between California State Parks and Google Maps. A total of 110 California State Parks destinations have been filmed using Google Trekker, a backpack-mounted camera.

Eleven new treks were added in October, including Natural Bridges State Beach, Twin Lakes State Beach and Seacliff State Beach. Other local state parks viewable on Google Maps include Año Nuevo State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Redwood Loop Trail and Skyline to the Sea Trail), Castle Rock State Park, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Manresa State Beach, New Brighton State Beach, Pescadero State Beach, Pigeon Point State Historic Lighthouse, Portola Redwoods State Park, San Gregorio State Beach, Sunset State BeachThe Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park. Operations at all of these parks are supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Celebrate 143 years of Pigeon Point State Historic Light Station
Join California State Parks and the Coastside State Parks Association for a celebration of the 143rd anniversary of Pigeon Point Light Station, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. 

The event is free. Explore the history of the lighthouse, visit the Fog Signal Building where the First Order Fresnel Lens from the tower is currently on display and stop by the California State Parks Foundation booth to learn about the campaign to restore the tower. 

There will be tours, kids' activities, a native plant sale and more from 1-4 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. there will be an outdoor slide show projected on the tower, "It's a Long Way to Pigeon Point." Learn more on our website.
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