March Parks & Recreation News

Spring/SUMMER Registration, Theatre, Trees, Kids Rock and More!

Post Date:02/28/2017 4:00 PM

Spring/Summer Registration Information

Register for tennis, badminton or table tennis classes with Lifetime Activities.

Mission City Memorial Park Cemetery Tour: a New Look at an Old Park

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 31
Mission City Memorial Park, 420 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050
Meet at the Chapel/Office and park nearby

As part of the “The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” Book-to-Action series, join Mary Boyle, Local History/Genealogy Librarian, for a tour of one of Santa Clara’s original cemeteries. The City bought the “graveyard” land in 1850-51 and it has gone through many name changes. Since 1972 it has been known as Mission City Memorial Park. Cemeteries are more than simply a final resting place; they are places of historical significance that help document the past and the lives of the people who shaped it. Come join us as we explore the birthplace of Santa Clara’s death space. Copies of Cemeteries of Santa Clara by Bea Lichtenstein will be on sale by the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society. For information call (408) 615-2900.

Volunteer Work Day at Ulistac Natural Area

Join us Thursday, March 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm to help trim and remove overgrown shrubs and vines. The level of skill required varies from the ability to pick up trash to heavier tasks that require previous knowledge and experience doing yard work. There will be a short orientation regarding the tasks and goals that begins promptly at 9:00am. Pre-registration is required. In addition, volunteers ages 14 and older must complete the Citywide Volunteer Application and contact Gina at 408-615-2249 to participate.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Roberta Jones Junior Theatre continues our 48th Season with "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." This musical adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel features a Book by Ken Ludwig, with Music & Lyrics by Don Schlitz. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled as the famous adventures of Tom, Huck, Becky and their friends are brought to life in this spectacular live production. Performances are March 31, April 1, 7, & 8 at 7:00 PM, April 2 & 9 at 2:00 PM, at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe Street, at the corner of Calabazas, at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara. Tickets are $5 for children (ages 3-18), $10 for adults, and can be bought online at, or in person at the Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. in Santa Clara. Roberta Jones Junior Theatre is a program of the City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please contact Kevin Cornelius, Recreation Supervisor, at, or 408-615-3161.

Kids Rock @ the YAC, Event for Kids in Grades K thru 5th

2450 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara, CA  95051
Friday, March 24th,  6 pm – 8:30 pm
Class #9563, $10 Residents, $13 Non-residents

Held at the Youth Activity Center, Kids Rock is an event for kids in grades K thru 5th to enjoy a special night of activities that include bounce house fun, arts and crafts, recreation games, pizza and punch, and tons of YAC fun!!  Athletic shoes and good attitudes are required!  For more information, call (408) 615-3760.  Space is limited, so register today online or at the YAC!

Trees in City of Santa Clara Parks

Due to the excessive amounts of rainfall and high wind conditions over the past few months City parks have lost several trees. Trees become stressed when they lose roots due to a lack of oxygen and soil compaction, particularly when the soil is saturated with water. When trees experience saturated soil conditions followed by a dry season, many trees lose their capacity to mine water, and the stability of some trees become compromised. When visiting City parks, take the time to look around at the trees. If you notice trees leaning or if tree roots are lifting the soil under the tree canopy or anything unusual, please contact the Parks Service Center at (408) 615-3770 and we will be happy to visit the park to assess the condition of the tree.

The Parks & Recreation Department continually replaces trees that are removed from City parks. Parks & Recreation typically replace damaged trees with one or two new trees.

Gymnastics Birthday Parties Now Available

Give your child a wonderful, active and memorable birthday party at the City of Santa Clara Gymnastics
Our fantastic parties include an exciting hour of fully organized activities with two to three trained party
instructors. Activities can include instruction, trampoline, relay races, obstacle courses, and fitness fun!
Following your activity hour, we provide the celebration area for your food, drinks, and happy birthday

Register online or at the Community Recreation Center.

CPRS Award of Excellence

The City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department was presented with the Award of Excellence for the Bracher Park Playground Renovation in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community. The award was presented at the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 4 Annual Award and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday February 23, 2017.   The Parks & Recreation Commission and staff were present to receive the award. 

Exciting Developments for City Parks

Are you interested in seeing what other improvements are being planned for City of Santa Clara Parks?
Check out the Parks Projects page on the City website!

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Current Calendars & Schedules (calendars will update at the change of the month)

Facility Closures

No closures are scheduled for March.


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