Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation

The mission of the Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department is to provide, protect, and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Santa Clara County Parks strives to provide all visitors a place where diversity and inclusivity is valued and makes every effort to provide access to outstanding recreational opportunities, a rich cultural historical legacy, and an expansive regional trail system for all to enjoy.

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FREE At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Tests

Three Santa Clara County Parks will serve as pick-up sites for the County's free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests happening Saturday, January 22 through Saturday, January 29. County Park pick-up locations include Hellyer, Vasona Lake, and Martial Cottle County Parks. During this time, expect sections of the parks to be closed. The entire west side of Vasona Lake County Park will be closed to public vehicle traffic. The playground and entire east side of the park will remain open to the public. At Hellyer County Park, the velodrome side will be closed to public vehicle traffic and the dog park will not be accessible except along the Coyote Creek Trail. The Cottonwood side of the park will be open to the public. All sections of Martial Cottle park will remain open. Thanks for your patience when visiting these parks!

If you would like to receive free test kits, schedule your online appointment at Tests are not available on a drop-in basis without an appointment. Supplies are limited.

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Trail Watch Academy Training

Join us on February 5th for a virtual training for new Trail Watch Volunteers. Hike on foot, horseback, or bicycle, and help patrol our trails to keep them safe, welcoming, and accessible to the entire community. Click here to sign up for the training.

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Metcalf Motorcycle Park OHV Grant Informational Meetings
County Parks is applying to CA State Parks for a grant to help fund Park maintenance, operations, and improvements. Two meetings are being held on 1/22 at the Metcalf Park Office. One at 10AM for the general public. One at 11AM for stakeholders.



SCC Parks Milestones

Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County Parks system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land. We at Santa Clara County Parks are committed to balancing the need for public use of parks and recreational lands with preserving the natural beauty of our area, including wildlife refuges and historic sites.

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2020 Volunteer Hours

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Miles of Trails

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Acres Protected

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Regional Parks

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Annual Visitors

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