Ben Lomond Village Alliance Ben Lomond Community Local News 

Ben Lomond Village Alliance

By Julie Horner Santa Cruz County Parks Department Superintendent Jesse Williams and Recreation Supervisor Sarah Shea met with the newly formed Ben Lomond Village Alliance recently to begin laying the groundwork to revitalize Ben Lomond’s historic Mill Street and surrounding areas. The goal is to partner with county representatives, local businesses, and concerned individuals from the San Lorenzo Valley to… Read More
Boulder Creek Fire Department Christmas Tree Lot Community Holidays 

Boulder Creek Fire’s Christmas Tree Lot

The Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree sale is in full swing! The lot is located behind the fire station at 13230 Central Ave, Boulder Creek. Turn in at Middleton and you’ll see the array of choices. A variety of fir trees are available in every size imaginable. Firefighters are on hand to help you with your selection, and they’ll… Read More
Ben Lomond Library Community 

Community Driven Revitalization: Breathing New Life into Ben Lomond Library

By Mary Andersen Friends of the Ben Lomond Library have kicked off revitalization efforts for the historic Ben Lomond Library building and library operations with a meet and greet and volunteer gatherings at the library located on Mill Street in downtown Ben Lomond.  The library building and surrounding property, maintained by the Santa Cruz County Parks Department, have been in… Read More
Al Keuter Quail Hollow Ranch Park Community Local News Valley People 

In Praise of Al Keuter: A Quail Hollow Ranch Volunteer

By Lee Summers Some people strive toward self-interest; others choose altruism instead. You can distinguish the two by the fruits of their labor. Did they make a difference in their community?  Take Quail Hollow Ranch County Park. This back road gem has maintained an active volunteer program since the 1990s. Over the years, volunteer efforts divided into various specialties. In… Read More
Felton Covered Bridge Park Community Local News Parks 

Felton Pump Track Proposal Raises Concerns

By Mary Andersen  Debate is in full swing over a proposed pump track in Felton Covered Bridge Park. The proposal, shepherded by Santa Cruz Mountains Trails Stewardship (SCMTS), Santa Cruz County Parks Department, and County Park Friends, calls for a 13,871 s.f. footprint with an asphalt track 6 to 8 feet wide and several feet tall.  SCMTS describes the pump… Read More
Andre Theirry Park Hall Ben Lomond Community 

Park Hall Benefit Concert and Centennial Celebration August 12

By Surreyya Hada and Ronnie Trubek Ben Lomond’s historic Park Hall is celebrating its 100th year anniversary and is excited to usher in another successful 100 years! New staffing, several new Trustees and with a vision to increase community involvement, the hall is hosting a gala fundraiser on August 12, 2023. Internationally celebrated and Grammy-nominated artist Andre Thierry, who previously… Read More
Americorps in Ben Lomond California Community Local News Parks 

AmeriCorps on Hand for County Parks and Disaster Relief

By Mary Andersen AmeriCorps teams can be found at various county parks through April working on native plant growth, park restoration, and ocean conservation. They’ve also been engaged in disaster relief due to the recent storms. While here, the team of 8 will complete 80 hours of community service. Emma Lee, the site supervisor for County Park Friends, said, “These… Read More