A Historic Spot to Relax and Take a Stroll
A de facto neighborhood park on the west side of the city of Santa Cruz, the Land Trust owns and manages the property, and is responsible for the restoration of Antonelli Pond and the lower Moore Creek Corridor. We’re currently in the process of making the trails here fully ADA accessible.
12Years to Acquire Four Parcels
0.25Miles of Two Separate Walking Trails
Why This Land Is Preserved
The property embraces a large, freshwater pond just above Natural Bridges State Beach, as well as adjacent riparian lands. The main entrance to the park, which is open from dawn to dusk, is located on Delaware Avenue between Natural Bridges Drive and Shaffer Road.
Donated to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County in four parcels between 1982 and 1994, the property includes two trails for public enjoyment and habitat for abundant flora and fauna. The trails on each side of the pond are approximately .25 miles. There is no loop or access across the pond at this time. A fishing dock and picnic tables are available for you to enjoy the sights and kick back in this relaxing nature preserve.
There are several sites around Antonelli Pond that are tied to local history. From a moonshine distillery, to the begonia farm that kicked off the annual Begonia Festival and Parade in Capitola Village, to being the center of activity for the San Vicente Lumber Company, this area has been the center of some amazing Santa Cruz County history.
The first artichoke crops were grown on Thistle Hill in the mid-1920’s. The area from Half Moon Bay to Antonelli Pond was one of the west’s original artichoke capitals. In the late 1910’s and early 1920’s Hollywood movie studios used the San Vicente mill for authentic sawmill backdrops on over 10 silent films. Moviola Vista, steps away from Delaware Avenue, was the most common site used.
- Dog Walking
- Non-Motorized Boating
- Fishing (permit required)
- Bird Watching
Explore Antonelli Pond
More Information and Updates
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Good Neighbors: PCS and Antonelli Pond
The Land Trust has owned and cared for Antonelli Pond since 1983 – and it has never looked better than it does today thanks to an infusion of neighborly volunteer help from the volunteers at Pacific Colligate School (PCS) – and some dedicated neighbors. In the past year, 15 parents from PCS routinely walked the […]Continue Reading
ADA Trail at Antonelli Pond
If the social distancing response to the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the value of public access to outdoor spaces. These past few weeks, with the air so filled with smoke that it’s unsafe to be outside, that lesson was driven home once again. With that value in mind, we are excited to […]Continue Reading
Antonelli Pond: 30 years
Antonelli Pond 30 years of fishing, boating, dog walking, bird watching, and just enjoying this splash of nature This article originally appeared in our newsletter, Landmarks, Summer 2012 Those who know Antonelli Pond love it. They’re the people who go there for a stroll around the 14-acre property. Some of them walk their dogs, a […]Continue Reading
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