The new entrance to Castle Rock State Park

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Castle Rock State Park Gets $9 Million Makeover

Jennifer Hodges
August 02, 2019 - 2:43 pm

The closest state park to the Silicon Valley has been upgraded and improved to cater to the tech sector, who also may want to be outdoors.  

For many years, Castle Rock State Park, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, lacked basic amenities. 

"It's been known historically primarily by the climbing community and some hikers, but we're hoping with this new entrance that we'll be more accomodating to people from all walks of life; that it may attract a more diverse set of visitors than it has been able to attract in the past," said Sarah Barth, the executive director of the Sempervirens Fund.

The new 33-acre entrance includes wireless internet, charging stations for electric vehicles and downloadable maps to guide hikers. 

"Castle Rock has gone from very rustic facilities to probably having some of the nicest in the state park systems," said Barth.

The improvements totaled nearly $9 million.