View of the Pogonip

Vision Statement for the Pogonip

“Pogonip is a place to be appreciated for its natural beauty, habitat value and serenity, in contrast to the built environment. Pogonip should provide the community with education and recreation opportunities that are environmentally and economically sustainable.”

– from the Pogonip Master Plan
Note: The Pogonip Master Plan is available in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

We have updated our website. Click here to see our updated “Issues of Concern” section, now including this new page, which contains a list of upcoming meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission, along with comments about the May 1 meeting.

Finally, click here to learn about some significant issues regarding the “Parks Master Plan” now being proposed by the City of Santa Cruz.

Please sign our Petition to urge that consideration of additional mountain biking trails on the Pogonip be withdrawn from the proposed Parks Master Plan. Just click here to sign your name. We have also posted new comments offered by those who have signed our petition. To read them, click here. Also, please help us gather signatures, by grabbing our new flyer to give to your friends.

The Pogonip is a treasure

The Pogonip, 640 acres of natural open space and wildlife habitat, is a treasured public common in Santa Cruz, California. With its variety of redwood and oak forests, coastal prairie, many streams flowing from springs down steep rugged slopes toward the San Lorenzo River, with miles of trails and a rich history, the Pogonip is a unique open space, especially since it is immediately adjacent to our urbanized area. At the right is one of its few old-growth redwoods, never cut because it was too gnarled. (If you want to survive, be gnarled.)

Such places are rare, and should be valued and protected by members of our community. more 

Other nearby natural areas, especially Wilder, the upper UCSC campus, and DeLaveaga Park, provide ample opportunities for the mountain biking experience at all levels of technical difficulty. In those places, essentially every path is open to use by mountain bikers, and those that simply want to walk quietly or watch birds or look at wildflowers tend to avoid such places

Leo Marx wrote The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America in 1964. We need to keep listening to his words. We need to protect our gardens—our natural areas where humans can reconnect with other species—without the presence of machines.  less