De Laveaga Park
ADDRESS: 850 N. Branciforte Drive
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Park Hours - 7 am to sunset
Ballfields open to 11 pm during games
Archery Range - Noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
MAP OF DELAVEAGA PARK
Picnic Areas - reservable and non-reservable
Ballfields - reservable and non-reservable
Restroom, drinking fountain and phone
TRAILS: Trails are open to hikers and bicyclists. Please stay on designated trails.
DOG REGULATIONS: Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dogs prohibited on athletic fields. A designated area within DeLaveaga Park allows off-leash dog use. Please call 420-6160 for more information.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: Fires, camping, littering, wood gathering, collection of plants or animals, hunting, archery except within the designated archery range
No amplified music. Excessive noise prohibited.
No alcohol, except in reservable picnic areas designated and approved by the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department
PARKING/ENTRANCES: Parking available on-site at the lower park facility and George Washington Grove, both located off of Branciforte Drive. Speed limit 15 MPH within park boundaries.
* Lower park facility (near restrooms) - On-site parking available
* Branciforte Drive (just north of Goss Avenue) - Limited parking in unimproved parking lot
* Park Way - Limited residential street parking
* Brookwood Drive - Limited residential street parking
DeLaveaga Park History:
Jose Vincente DeLaveaga was a successful businessman and financier from San Francisco during the second half of the last century. Born in Mexico in 1844, DeLaveaga moved with his family to San Francisco in 1868. In 1887 he bought his first piece of land in Santa Cruz and continued acquiring more parcels for the next several years. The land which is now DeLaveaga Park was a vacation spot, or hacienda, for the DeLaveagas.
Horses were a central part of hacienda culture, so the land was criss-crossed with bridal trails leading to La Corona, the highest peak of the estate. The picturesque location also included many interesting plants imported from Spain and Mexico and even a zoo with deer, fox, bears and buffalo.
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