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Antonelli Pond

A Historic Spot to Relax and Take a Stroll

Fast Facts

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.

  • 19

    Total Acres
  • 12

    Years to Acquire Four Parcels
  • 0.25

    Miles of Two Separate Walking Trails
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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.

Available Activities

  • Hiking
  • Dog Walking
  • Bicycling
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Fishing (permit required)
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching

More Information and Updates

Discover the history of this location and check back for news on future projects.


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