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Will the City close any parks due to the drought?
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No, the City is not closing any parks due to drought.

The Parks & Recreation Department receives its water from  the City of Santa Clara Water Utility, both potable and recycled. The City Water System’s sources include local underground aquifer from 27 City wells (62%), imported supply from two wholesale water suppliers (25%), and recycled water from the San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant for irrigation purposes. This third source makes up about 13% of the water used citywide and a significant portion of the water used by the City Parks system  (about 60% city wide). Recycled water offsets the use of potable water and helps conserve our potable water for drinking and household uses.

In addition, the Parks & Recreation Department has instituted best practices for water conservation regardless of source (potable or recycled) by irrigating at night, reducing water consumption by reducing time of flow on our clocks, and/or turning off unnecessary valves to established vegetation, using mulch to conserve soil moisture, and planting native drought tolerant plants when/where appropriate. The department also rebuilds valves in showers and restrooms to reduce the likelihood of water waste, and has installed low flow devices for sinks and toilets. The City will periodically review it's practices to be sure we are adjusting to any recommended changes, best practices, or new policy mandates.
Where can I find results from the Parks & Recreation survey completed spring 2014?
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The recent public opinion research telephone survey was conducted by Strategic Research Associates on behalf of Parks & Recreation Department to provide statistical feedback from residents related to questions about the International Swim Center-International Swimming Hall of Fame, the New Housing Development Impact Fee Ordinance, and the Youth Sports Complex feasibility study, as well as other demographic and park system questions.

Click here for more information.

Additional synopsis of results and graphic summary available here.

What does the YAC offer during the summer?
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Your summer will be packed from beginning to end with outrageous fun, sports, weekly field trips, excursions to Warburton Pool, and sports-related arts & crafts projects!

Sports Camps– Co-ed, ages 5-13 years

  • Sport Adventure Camp is for participants 5 – 7 years
  • Sports Jam Camp is for participants 8 – 10 years
  • Sport Escape Camp is for participants 11- 13 years
  • Registration is by the week. You can register for all weeks of camp or just the weeks that fit your needs. Pre-registration is encouraged, as camps fill up quickly.
  • Sports Camp hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
  • Morning care: 7:30 am – 9 am (pre-registration required)
  • Free After Camp Care*: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Friday
  • Unless otherwise specified, campers bring their lunch each day.
  • Campers are given a newsletter at the end of the first day. The newsletter lists what the camp will be doing each day that week.
  • Weekly activities include a swim day and a field trip.
  • Registration fees include supervision, field trip admission, bus transportation, and a camp t-shirt.

*After camp program is also open for drop in for participants with Resident Youth Cards.

For more information on classes, check out the current Recreation Activities Guide.

What programs are offered at the YAC?
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The Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC) offers various recreation programs for Santa Clara youth: classes, After School Program , Open Gym, Sports Campsskate park , and special events.  A Resident Youth Card is required to participate in the after school program  and skate park.
What is a Resident Youth Card/YAC Card? How do I get one?
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A Resident Youth Card (YAC Card) is a photo ID that participants use to check in and out of programs at the YAC, Teen Center, and Skate Park.

  1. Obtain a Resident Youth Card Registration packet from the YAC, Teen Center, or online .
  2. Parent reviews the Behavior Standard and Discipline Plan with their child. Parent signs the liability release and behavioral agreement. All participants sign the behavioral agreement, and those older than 13 also sign the liability release.
  3. Application is submitted in person to the YAC with proof of Santa Clara residency.
  4. Once fee is paid, the participant’s photo is taken and a Resident Youth Card is issued.
  5. Resident Youth Cards are valid for one year, August through the following July. Cards must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. The first Resident Youth Card costs $5.00. Replacement cards cost $2.00 for the second, $3.00 for the third, $4.00 for the fourth, etc.
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Residents

Quality, Tradition, and Service, and a Commitment to Public Trust are more than words in the city of Santa Clara. They are the reasons that our citizens prosper, and why businesses choose to locate and expand in our City.  

The City of Santa Clara, at the center of the Silicon Valley, is in a strategic regional location convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail and other public transportation. 

With 19.3 square miles of tree-lined neighborhoods and thriving commercial/industrial centers, it is an ideal location for new, relocating, or expanding businesses.

Santa Clara has a long tradition of quality public services and a well-maintained infrastructure. The City has owned and operated its own electricwater and sewer utilities for over a century. Lower utility rates and high standards of service have encouraged the relocation and growth of businesses in our community.

The City's financial stability is further encouragement to local businesses. Low business taxes, moderate real estate prices (compared to other jurisdictions within the Bay Area) and low crime rates are also key components to economic prosperity. Santa Clara's fire defenses and physical conditions continue to receive the highest rating in Santa Clara County (Class 2 fire protection). This very high standard benefits the community through lower fire insurance premiums for commercial businesses and industry. The community provides significant expenditures for education. Excellent residential areas, fitting all types of family budget needs, are located in and around this community. 

The Santa Clara City Library has received national honors for its outstanding programs and services to the community including being named a "Star Library" by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.  It has also ranked among the top 10 public libraries in the nation by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

Santa Clara amenities include an award-winning Convention Center, Community Recreation Center, International Swim Center, Youth Activity Center, Senior Center, abundant retail shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities.

Dozens of parks, playgrounds, special use facilities (like a Skate Park and Youth Soccer Park), the championship Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club, a 40 acre open space preserve, the San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail, and two publicly owned cemeteries (one active and one historical), provide more than 450 acres of open space.

The City is home to Santa Clara University, other outstanding schools, the nationally recognized 100-acre California's Great America Theme Park, the George F. Haines International Swim Center, Triton Museum of Art, and the 49ers Football Training Center and their new home Levi's Stadium to open in 2014. Santa Clara is also home to internationally known, world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps

The Santa Clara Chamber heads up a Santa Clara Sports Group to host more sporting events and increase economic impact for the Santa Clara community.

For more information on attractions, hotels, and other points of interest, please visit the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau website.

 

Last updated: 1/13/2014 10:19:58 AM