Permits & Reservations

Parties & Events

County Parks offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor venues for parties and events. Whether you prefer beautiful outdoor settings or indoor old-world charm, County Parks venues are perfect for your birthday celebration, anniversary party or business retreat!

How to Reserve a Venue for Parties & Events

Review the indoor & outdoor venue options below for your perfect setting!
For outdoor celebrations and ceremonies, visit our Picnic Areas and Outdoor Ceremonies page.

When to Reserve

Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, and can be made up to one year in advance. Full payment is required when the reservation is made. Site availability may vary, and we do book up quickly so please plan to reserve your venue early! 

How to Reserve
  1. Request your reservation online or by emailing your completed Venue Request Form to
  2. Payment is due in full at the time of reservation. If submitting a reservation request via the form, we will contact you for payment.
  3. After your reservation is processed, a permit will be sent to you to sign electronically via DocuSign. Our staff will sign it and email a copy to you.

For more information, please review our Venue Reservation ProcessPDF document.

Fees, Rules, and Regulations

Please review the following documents for current pricing, rules, and regulations. Be aware that some sites have special restrictions.

Aptos Village County Park

Aptos Village County Park is a lush setting and a beautiful park with a clubhouse, large patio, gazebo and BBQ. The grounds boast an abundant lawn with stately trees as background, a charming gazebo, and trails. It is nestled between Santa Cruz beaches and the hills of Aptos, making it the perfect destination for all guests.   

Highlands County Park

Highlands County Park is the site of many private celebrations. Your rental will include a delightful mansion from the 1940’s with a grand room for dancing. This venue offers privacy in a park setting with elegant, landscaped grounds and riverside trails. 

Live Oak Community Room NEW

Located at the Simpkins Family Swim Center in the Live Oak neighborhood, the Live Oak Community Center offers a comfortable, centrally located space for your event. When rented as a venue for private events, the reservation includes the private courtyard and kitchen.

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

Quail Hollow Ranch is a charming ranch of historical and ecological significance. The ranch was once the home of the Lane family who owned Sunset Magazine from 1929-1991. The ranch house has old-world charm and era-related decor. The park sits on ecologically rare habitats with endemic wild flowers and abundant wildlife. This exquisite ranch house and spacious lawn offer scenic views of an orchard and the forested Santa Cruz Mountains.

Valencia Hall

Valencia Hall is a restored historic building that resonates with charm. An attractive covered porch welcomes you to the beautifully restored hall, while an orchard and towering redwoods borders the facility. Tucked out of the way and on the outskirts of Aptos, Valencia Hall makes you feel you have to the world to yourself for the day and night.

For Parties & Events, please note:

  • Each venue has site-specific restrictions.
  • There are additional fees for alcohol permits. Beer, wine, and champagne only.
  • Unique requests require Parks Office approval. Please ask us!


Reservation cancellations must be emailed to All cancellations will have a $75 processing fee.
Reservations cancelled up to four months prior to the event are subject to a fee of 25% of the reservation rental fees.
Reservations cancelled between four months and two months prior to the event are subject to a fee of 50% of the reservation rental fees.
Cancellations of less than two months receive no refund of fees.
Please contact us if you have any questions!

Contact Us


(831) 454-7938

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited as most staff members are working remotely.