Sempervirens Fund and California State Parks have announced plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Castle Rock State Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a day-long public event that will feature the grand opening of the Robert C. Kirkwood entrance.
The event, which will feature speakers, rock climbing demonstrations, live music, food, tours and volunteer opportunities, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the new Castle Rock State Park entrance, 15415 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033.
“Creating this new entrance is a fitting way to mark the anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, which turns 50 years old in 2018. We look forward to celebrating this beloved park and walking with you through its new entrance later this year,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth.
The new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance will include a 90-car parking lot with permeable paving, six restrooms with flush toilets, a drinking water station, a 60-seat amphitheater, accessible pathways and picnic areas. There will also be interpretive exhibits, WiFi connectivity, and new engagement opportunities.
Featuring more than 80 different plant species native to the region, an ethnobotanical demonstration garden was planted in late March in partnership with the Amah Mutsun and Muwekma Tribal Bands. In addition, oak trees will be planted by volunteers on April 22 and April 28.
A host of events will lead up to the Sept. 29 celebration, including the Sempervirens Fund-REI Lecture Series featuring local luminaries such as bird expert Jon Young, world renowned climber Chris Sharma and Santa Cruz Mountain historians.