New Trails Featured at Glenwood Preserve Open Space
A new set of trails at the Glenwood Preserve Open Space in Scotts Valley means the area is one step closer to completion of its long-term plan of public access. Located a mere six miles from the beaches of Santa Cruz, this 166-acre preserve consists of grasslands, riparian forests and wetlands. Boasting three miles of walking trails and gentle gradients, this western area of the preserve – accessible at certain points from close-by neighborhoods – is ideal for hiking, running and group fitness activities. These pet-friendly trails feature several bridges, gentle gradients, and with the northern and summit loops winding through old growth redwood trees, a stunning view of Scotts Valley at the summit. The Glenwood Preserve Open Space is home to several rare species such as the Ohlone Tiger Beetle and the Scotts Valley Spineflower.
The Painted Cork Pairs Art + Wine with Budding Artists
Have you ever wanted to unleash your inner Picasso or O’Keefe but didn’t know where to go? Do you have a family reunion or social gathering to plan and want a creative idea for your group to participate in? The Painted Cork Art Studio in Santa Cruz’s midtown is a casual, comfortable local art space where guests can get their creative juices flowing as a professional art instructor guides them through an acrylic-on-canvas painting class while they enjoy their favorite wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage and snacks. Art supplies (brushes, paints, canvases, easels and aprons) are included with each class. Using step-by-step instruction, students are walked through the process of creating their own painting, brush stroke by brush stroke. No experience is necessary!
Castle Rock State Park Debuts New Entrance
Offering breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park is home to over 5,200 acres of redwood forest, a 75-foot waterfall, miles of hiking along open ridges and through shady forests, and a playground of sandstone rock formations attracting both world-class and beginning rock climbers. The new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance, located a quarter mile north on Skyline Boulevard, includes a 90-car parking lot with permeable paving, six restrooms with flush toilets, a drinking water station, cell service, and WiFi. It also features a 60-seat amphitheater, interpretive exhibits, and shaded picnic areas. Castle Rock turned 50 in 2018 but the celebration will continue with a special event in spring 2019.