If you’ve ever visited the beaches along the north coast of Santa Cruz County, you know that many are consistently trashed by parties, camping and heavy foot traffic. To address that issue, we’ve launched North Coast Cleanup Day. The summer program—which takes place from 9-11 a.m. June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24—was specifically designed to restore Davenport Main, Bonny Doon, Shark Tooth, Panther and 4 Mile beaches.
As part of the inaugural event, we are teaming up with The Diversity Center, a nonprofit which strives to enhance the lives of and promote fairness for LGBTQ people in Santa Cruz County, for a special Rainbow Coalition Cleanup at Panther Beach.
Panther and Davenport Main are two of our 2014 Top 10 Hot Spots. These 10 sites along the Monterey Bay shoreline demonstrated the greatest need for outreach and cleanup efforts, according to data and community input. Our goal is to remove sites from the list as they receive the attention they require.
We believe that with increased awareness and changed behavior, there will be less litter this summer. But we can’t do it without your help!
Those interested in participating should wear old clothes that can get dirty and sturdy footwear as some of the beaches are only accessible via a steep, rocky slope. If possible, please bring your own thick gloves, buckets, hats and filled reusable water bottles. Anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
4 Mile: Check-in will be located on the beach. Parking is available on the ocean side of highway, there is limited parking on the mountain side. You will find this beach four miles north of Santa Cruz near mile marker 23.58.
Shark Tooth: Check-in will be located on the beach. To find the beach, look for a dirt parking lot on the ocean side of the highway, 8.5 miles north of Santa Cruz near mile marker 28.05.
Davenport Main: Check-in will be located in the parking lot directly across from the Davenport Bakery Bar and Grill or else, go down to the beach over the railroad tracks and look for our volunteers with buckets and other supplies. No bathrooms or drinking fountains are available. To help you find the beach, look for mile marker 28.05 on Highway 1 and remember that it is 9 miles north of Western Drive in Santa Cruz.
Panther: Check-in will be located in the parking lot on the ocean side of Highway 1. To find the parking lot, look for mile marker 26.40 about 7 miles past the north end of Santa Cruz City, where Mission Street (Highway 1) crosses Swift Street. The parking lot is a long finger-shaped dirt parking lot on the ocean side of the highway.
Bonny Doon: Check-in will be located up the beach path from the paved angled parking lot on the ocean side of the highway. Look for mile marker 27.67; there will be a Bonny Doon Road sign on the right. The parking lot is about 8 miles past the intersection of Mission Street (Highway 1) and Swift Street. You will be able to see the check-in table from the Highway. There are no bathrooms or drinking fountains available.