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.
Related news articles:
- Plans for new entrance to Castle Rock State Park move forward (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/15/16)
- Castle Rock State Park: Grand new entrance proposed for Silicon Valley’s hidden gem (Mercury News, 9/28/14)
- Grand entrance for Castle Rock approved (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 9/24/14)