New interpretive sign and gate will share historical information
Nov. 7, 2022—SANTA CRUZ, CA — Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks today announced a community-driven effort is underway to share the history of Castle Beach, an earlier name for what is now part of Seabright State Beach.
Perched above the entrance to Seabright Beach across from Mott Avenue was the Scholl-Mar Castle, which was built in 1929. The castle welcomed visitors for almost 40 years, offering beach fun with everything from volleyball, umbrellas and a snack bar to oceanview dining and hot saltwater baths.
Friends, in partnership with the Seabright Neighbors Association, California State Parks and generous donors, is working to tell the story of this beloved beach’s history through the placement of beautiful, informative, bilingual signs, as well as replacing the unique castle-shaped gate at the park’s entrance.
“We’re proud to be part of this community project to tell such a uniquely Santa Cruz story,” Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Executive Director Bonny Hawley said.
The goal is to fabricate and install the new gate and two signs, one English and one Spanish, at Seabright Beach next spring. To fund the effort, Friends working to raise $19,000 by year-end 2022. Supporters can make a donation to support the project at www.thatsmypark.org/castlebeachproject.
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