Results from the 36th Annual Human Race!
The Seacliff Improvement Association participated in Santa Cruz County’s 36th Annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run on May 7, 2016. We raised $1567!
The money will be used by the SIA for First Aid Kits for the Seacliff CERT Team – First Aid Kits cost approx. $30 each. It’s critical that we have First Aid Kits available for the Seacliff Community, in the event of a disaster. We will also improve the paths by replacing the bender board and add decomposed granite at the Mini Park. Thanks again for your generous donations!
Seacliff Has a Park!
The Seacliff neighborhood and friends joined Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend and Jeff Gaffney, Director of Santa Cruz County’s Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the official opening of Seacliff Village Park, located at the corner of Sea Ridge Road and McGregor Drive.
Over a decade ago, Seacliff residents organized “Seacliff Needs a Park” aka “SNAP” as a grassroots campaign to prevent a commercial strip-mall from being built on the privately-owned property.
Following the disappointing loss of a bond measure that would have raised the money to buy the park property, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ellen Pirie worked with Santa Cruz County Supervisor Jan Beautz on an inventive and complex financing strategy that enabled the County of Santa Cruz to acquire the “McGregor Park Site” in November 2007.
By Spring, 2008, public “envisioning” workshops were underway and the Master Plan for the new Santa Cruz County park took shape. Mindful of the cost to build the park, Sheryl Bailey, the County’s Park Project Manager, worked with SSA Landscape Architects to create a two-part phased building plan.
Phase I includes a lighthouse themed play structure; a small plaza and a picnic area with ADA picnic tables; a drinking fountain; a nifty bike rack; multiple walkways crisscrossing throughout the park with benches to sit and admire the view of Monterey Bay. This phase also includes drought tolerant landscaping with educational signage and a safe, new sidewalk along McGregor Drive.
Phase I of the park also includes the creation and installation of a public art component by local artist Kathleen Crocetti. Ms. Crocetti has cast 38-stained concrete pylons of varying heights, solidly anchored along the park pathways and topped with Seacliff-theme mosaics designed by kids, teens and parents.
The Seacliff Improvement Association, the Seacliff Village Plan Committee and Seacliff Needs A Park, Inc. have each been instrumental in the acquisition of the parkland and the Seacliff Village Park Master Plan process. As a result of these collective efforts, in collaboration with the SC County Parks Department and Supervisor Zach Friend’s office, local residents, children and visitors to Seacliff will now be able to enjoy a safe, well-designed and maintained neighborhood park.