The Future of Castle Rock

The Future of Castle Rock State Park

A New Park for the 21st Century

Castle Rock State Park is the South Bay’s gateway into the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is a magical land of sculpted sandstone, diverse forests, and breathtaking vistas. Located on one of the most prominent ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park has long been a mecca for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders and rock climbers.

The park is an integral part of the world-class network of trails that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys to nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park and open space preserves on the Skyline to the Sea Trail.

Castle Rock State Park also represents the unique relationship between the Silicon Valley tech community and the natural world. Russell Varian, a man widely credited with both establishing Silicon Valley and helping the Royal Air Force win the Battle of Britain, is responsible for driving the eff

“If Silicon Valley had an official State Park, it would be Castle Rock.” – Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News

What Castle Rock State Park doesn’t have is a safe, welcoming entrance with basic amenities…. until now.

Sempervirens Fund is creating state-of-the-art state park facilities—including the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance, a welcome plaza, interpretive features, outdoor amphitheater, large parking lot, restrooms, trail connections, picnic areas and other amenities—to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds in the enjoyment of our natural lands while instilling the desire to care for them.

We’re re-imagining Castle Rock to show what a state park can and should be in the 21st century. Complete with the sort of hi-tech and green features Silicon Valley residents expect from their “neighborhood” park, such as electric vehicle charging stations, Wi-Fi, solar panels for electricity, and pervious pavement to reduce water runoff.

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