The Santa Cruz Wharf Celebrates 100 Years!
The Wharf celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a series of events starting this October and throughout 2014. The celebration is underway! Check out our list of UPCOMING EVENTS for the centennial! Next up is Jazz on the Wharf, Sunday, March 16 from 11 am to 5 pm. Catch live jazz on the Wharf stage then stroll the Wharf to enjoy live jazz in restaurants. Cap off the day at the Wharf stage with more of your favorite jazz performers. Great jazz, dining and fun, all overlooking the gorgeous Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Join us!
Santa Cruz Wharf Grand Opening, December 5, 1914. The wharf celebrates 100 years in 2014!
Santa Cruz Wharf History
The opening of the municipal wharf, built as a result of a $172,000 bond issue, was dedicated with great fanfare on December 5, 1914. Composed of over 2000 70 ft. Douglas fir pilings driven 21 feet into the ocean floor, the wharf was 2,745 feet long. The wharf was actually the sixth wharf -- preceding it were the Cowell Wharf, the Gharky (yes, this is the correct spelling!) Wharf, the Railroad Wharf, the Connecting Wharf, and the Pleasure Pier. None of the existing wharves could serve deep-water ships. So, the current Municipal Wharf was constructed in 1914, with its end bent to the west for a steamship dock and freight warehouse. The wharf rail line was shifted to the Municipal Wharf, and the old Railroad Wharf became part of a sardine cannery before being demolished in 1922. Here are more history notes by local historians on the six wharves. Graphic of wharves timeline.
Santa Cruz Wharf Study Underway
As the Santa Cruz Wharf approaches its 100th birthday in 2014, the City is embarking on a study of the half-mile long landmark to identify structural improvements and increase economic opportunities. The Wharf Master Plan will lay out a comprehensive vision for the design of buildings and public spaces, create linkages with nearby educational and recreational activities such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and identify repairs and upgrades to the Wharf necessary to see it through to its next major anniversary. The study, conducted by ROMA Design Group over the next 12-18 months, is being underwritten by a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). A series of public workshops to solicit input will be held over the coming months. For more information contact Norm Daly of the City's Economic Development Department at 831-420-5109 or email@example.com.
Santa Cruz Wharf Video
A fun-filled, fast-paced and informative look at the Santa Cruz Wharf - a landmark destination for locals and visitors alike!
Santa Cruz Wharf Brochure
The two-page Santa Cruz Wharf Brochure features the locations of the Wharf's restaurants, shops and restrooms, and lists special events, telephone numbers and other information you need to make your visit to the Santa Cruz Wharf one you'll never forget!
Shopping, Dining and Recreation
The Santa Cruz Wharf offers the best in seaside shopping, dining and recreation. You'll find everything from handmade arts & crafts to beach apparel, outdoor fresh fish markets to fine dining, whale watching, fishing trips and kayaking.
Critters and Creatures
There's a wide variety of Critters and Creatures in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Check out the video links below and then visit the Santa Cruz Wharf to see these amazing marine mammals in person!
Humpback Whale off of Santa Cruz by Michael Harris
California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus).
Parking on the Santa Cruz Wharf
You can walk, bike or drive your car onto the Santa Cruz Wharf. Pay for vehicle parking only at the Wharf gate when leaving. Be sure to view the latest city-wide parking information and get details about the Wharf Locals' Parking Pass.
- Wharf Headquarters is located at 21 Municipal Wharf. 831-420-6025.
- Lifeguard Headquarters is located at 1 Municipal Wharf. 831-420-6015.
Visit the Santa Cruz Fire Department Marine Safety Division webpage for more information.
- Public restrooms are located adjacent to Wharf Headquarters and at the end of the Wharf.
- A public boat landing is located on the Boardwalk side of the Wharf across from Santa Cruz Boat Rentals.