Sempervirens Fund and State Parks Celebrate Castle Rock State Parks’s 50th Anniversary

For Immediate Release


CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK  >> Sempervirens Fund and California State Parks have announced plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 with a day-long public event featuring the grand opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance.

The event, which will feature speakers, rock climbing demonstrations, live music, food, tours and education on a variety of volunteer opportunities, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the new Castle Rock State Park entrance, 15451 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033.

“Creating this new entrance is a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, which Sempervirens Fund was instrumental in establishing in 1968. We look forward to celebrating this beloved park and walking with you through its new gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains later this year,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth.

“We are excited to celebrate Castle Rock’s 50th anniversary, knowing the beautiful new entrance will enhance the park legacy for visitors into the future”, said State Park District Superintendent Chris Spohrer.

The new Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance will include a 90-car parking lot with permeable paving, six restrooms with flush toilets, a drinking water station, a 60-seat amphitheater, accessible pathways and picnic areas. There will also be interpretive exhibits, WiFi connectivity, and new engagement opportunities.

Featuring more than 80 different plant species native to the region, an ethnobotanical demonstration garden was planted in late March in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and with the blessing of the Muwekma Tribal Band (video). In addition, black oak trees will be planted by volunteers on April 22 and April 28 (register here).

A host of events will lead up to the Sept. 29 celebration, including the ongoing Sempervirens Fund-REI Lecture Series, which features intimate presentations by local luminaries such as bird language expert Jon Young, world renowned climber Chris Sharma and Santa Cruz Mountain historians.


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About Sempervirens Fund:

Sempervirens Fund’s mission is to protect and permanently preserve redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural and scenic features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, and to encourage public appreciation and enjoyment of this environment. Visit and follow @SempervirensFund.


About California State Parks:

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Visit or follow @CAStateParks.

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