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July 17, 2024

New skatepark opens in Seacliff

SEACLIFF—The new Seacliff Skate Park opened Saturday in Seacliff Village Park. 

The park is nestled in a curving section of McGregor Drive at Canterbury Drive and beside the State Park exit from Highway 1. It features “skateable art,” features a view of the Monterey Bay and includes references the S.S. Palo Alto, Aptos’ famed concrete ship, also known as the “cement ship.”

Made possible by donations from Richard Novak and Rowland and Patricia Rebele, the park abuts a fenced play area, benches, covered picnic areas, bike racks and a walking path available at Seacliff Village Park. That park is highlighted with drought-resistant foliage and street trees, and a 15,000-square-foot center area landscaped with drought-resistant turf. Several locals artists, including Watsonville’s Kathleen Crocetti, created design features throughout the park.

“The skatepark is a true measurement of what happens when you say ‘yes,’” said Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend. “Yes to partnership, yes to creativity and yes to our local youth. For decades there was a need, and in less than a year we were able to provide a key recreational opportunity for mid and South County that future generations will use.”

Dreamland Skate Parks helped with design and construction in concert with Bredy Construction. The project was a joint effort between those two businesses, Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks and local residents Tricia Proctor and Marie Martorella.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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