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.


Please attend the meeting on Monday, June 12, of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The meeting goes from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the City Council Chambers at 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz.
They will be discussing Mountain Biking Trails on the Pogonip. If you can't attend the meeting, please send an email to the Commissioners, by clicking here. Urge them not to build more mountain biking trails on the Pogonip.
Finally, please send an email (click here) to our City Council members, also to urge them NOT to approve construction of new mountain biking trails in the Pogonip.
We updated our website on June 12, 2017:
Click here to read this new page about “A Tale of Two Signs” that mysteriously disappeared.
Click here to see our updated “Issues of Concern” section, now including this page, which contains a list of upcoming meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission, along with comments about the May 1 meeting.
Click here to read Barbara Childs's letter that describes how Marin and Contra Costa Counties deal with the demands of mountain bikers for more trails in their open spaces.
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Please sign our Petition to urge that consideration of additional mountain biking trails on the Pogonip be withdrawn from the proposed Parks Master Plan.
We have also posted, right here, new comments offered by those who have signed our petition.
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