Kirkwood Entrance Press Kit

Thank you for your interest in the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park. Sempervirens Fund purchased the 33 acres — the site of a former Christmas tree farm — in 2010 with the goal of creating this state-of-the-art facility to welcome visitors and showcase the majesty of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Project partners California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks are renting and managing the facility until it can be transferred to State Parks.

Media Inquiries

Russell Ferretti-Hoyle
Director of Marketing and Communications
rferrettihoyle@sempervirens.org
650-949-1453 ext. 207

Contacts for the project partners can be found in the Media Advisory and Press Release, below.

 

Press Releases

09/27 Grand Opening Press Release (PDF, 1.3 MB)

07/18 Media Advisory (PDF, 203 KB)

08/01 Press Release (PDF, 254 KB)

Maps

Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance Map (PDF, 5.7 MB)

Native Plants Garden Planting Plan (PDF, 135 KB)

Land Protected by Sempervirens Fund (PDF, 2.7 MB)

Background Material

Speaker Bios for Grand Opening (PDF, 701 KB)

History of Castle Rock State Park (PDF, 4.9 MB)

A Legacy of Giving and Conservation (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Kirkwood Family and Donor Recognition (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Sempervirens Fund Lands Protected (PDF, 1.3 MB)

About Sempervirens Fund (PDF, 121 KB)

Photos

Grand Opening Event Photos

To download a photo, click the thumbnail image, then right-click to save to your desired location. Photo Credit: © Hasain Rasheed Photography

Assemblymember Mark Stone speaking at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Assemblymember Mark Stone Encouraged State Parks and Other Organizations to Do More Partnership Projects Like the Kirkwood Entrance

Leaders of Sempervirens Fund, State Parks, and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks untie a climbing rope with local elected offials to open the park.

Assemblymember Stone, Supervisor McPherson, Sara Barth, Doug McConnell, Director Mangat, Bonny Hawley, Secretary Laird

California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat speaking to the audience at the opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat Spoke About Partnerships Helping Parks Serve the Community

County Supervisor Bruch McPherson speaking at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

County Supervisor Bruce McPherson Shared His Support for the Entrance Partnership

Emcee Doug McConnell speaking at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Doug McConnell Welcomed Guests to the Grand Opening Ceremony at Castle Rock State Park

Former Secretary John Laird speaking at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Former Secretary John Laird Spoke of the Kirkwood Family's Commitment to Preserving Land at the Entrance Grand Opening

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Executive Director Bonny Hawley speaks at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Executive Director Bonny Hawley Says Entrance Funds Are Reinvested in the Park

Mist, a Vital Part of this Ecosystem, Hangs Above the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Mist Hangs Above the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park

Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth speaking at the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth Cheers the Partnership Success

Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth and California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat High-five at the Rope Untying to Open the Kirkwood Entrance.

Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth and California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat High-five at the Rope Untying to open the Kirkwood Entrance

Sempervirens Fund supporters enjoy a tour of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance, which they helped create at Castle Rock State Park.

Sempervirens Fund Supporters Enjoy a Tour of the Entrance They Helped Create at Castle Rock State Park

Sempervirens Fund supporters gather for the Grand Opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park, which they helped create.

Sempervirens Fund Supporters Gather for the Grand Opening of the State Park Entrance They Helped Create

Kirkwood Entrance Photos

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Entrance sign to Castle Rock State Park Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance

Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance sign.

Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance Parking Lot

90-Car parking lot has permable paving.

The Sempervirens Fund Welcome Plaza Gazebo

The Sempervirens Fund Welcome Plaza gazebo.

Girl drinks from water fountain.

Water station features bottle-filling device.

Accessible features include paths, picnic areas, and a 60-person amphitheater.

Accessible features include the 60-person amphitheater.

Two Teslas charging at power stations.

No-cost electric car charging stations provided.

Image of Tesla electic car charging station.

Tesla donated a fast charging station for the project.

Image of winding path through hill, with bench and sign.

Display signs show visitors Castle Rock features.

Image of large redwood root burl sculpture, also a climbing structure.

UPROOTED, a sculpture by artist Bruce Johnson.

A young child dances on stage at outdoor amphitheater.

Group of people enjoying the 60-person amphitheater.

Groups of people working on the Native Plants Garden at Castle Rock State Park Kirkwood Entrance.

Volunteers tending to the Native Plants Garden.

Person paying for parking using self-pay station.

$10 day-use permit dispensed at self-pay stations.