Castle Rock State Park Project

New Facilities at Castle Rock State Park

Creating a model State Park for the 21st Century

At Castle Rock we’ll soon break ground on our ambitious project to transform the visitor experience at one of the most accessible large-scale recreation areas in the region utilizing an innovative 21st century public-private partnership approach that can be a model for enhancing public parks across the state, country and even the world.

We’re 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.

We are able to break ground on Phase I of this project thanks to all your support during our successful capital campaign (PDF). Check back on this web page for project updates and join our email list to keep in touch.

Castle Rock State Park Project Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 14, 2016.

L to R: Fred Keeley, Board President, Sempervirens Fund; Sara Barth, Executive Director, Sempervirens Fund; Steve Wood, Market Supervisor, REI; Bonny Hawley, Executive Director, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Bruce McPherson, Fifth District Supervisor, Santa Cruz County; James Rauen, Board President, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation; Chris Spohrer, Santa Cruz Acting District Superintendent, California State Parks; Robert Kirkwood, Lead Donor, Kirkwood Family Fund (the Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock is named in honor of his father).

See all the Sempervirens Fund Anniversary Picnic and Castle Rock Groundbreaking photos on Facebook.

Project Renderings:

Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park.

Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park. Callander Associates/Sempervirens Fund

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Graphic rendering. Callander Associates/Sempervirens Fund

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Graphic rendering. Callander Associates/Sempervirens Fund

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Graphic rendering. Callander Associates/Sempervirens Fund

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Graphic rendering. Callander Associates/Sempervirens Fund

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