Depot Park, Santa Cruz

"Before Now"
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Looking like tall blades of grass, the "Before Now" sculpture made bell-like sounds when the wind blew through it. The sculpture was made in 2006 by Carolyn Law. It echos that this site was once a saltwater lagoon.


Artist: Carolyn Law   •  Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:13:32 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #171332_2314BCX
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The bike park was there
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A bike park was built in 2009 external link at one end of the park for kids and adults to practice BMX style riding.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:09:36 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #170936_2306BCX
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A boy waited to bike
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A young boy was part of a group practicing their BMX tricks that day. The routes through the practice area appeared to intersect, so the kids had to take turns. As the rules dictated, everyone wore helmets.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:09:52 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #170952_2307BCX
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Behind was the railroad
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The rail line ran behind the park. Here were two parked freight cars. The Roaring Camp Railroads external link ran trains between Santa Cruz and Roaring Camp through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park external link. The trips were weekends-only except for the summer months of June through August which were daily. The adult fare in 2010 was US $23.50 for a three hour round trip.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:11:36 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #171136_2311BCX
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A recreation center
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The recreation center stood behind the playground. This park was not big and grassy. Instead it offered parking, a playground, BMX bicycle practice and soccer fields.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:12:24 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #171224_2312BCX
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Behind the park were apartments
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Behind the park, on Chestnut Street, were apartment buildings.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:12:58 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #171258_2313BCX
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Pacific Avenue dead-ends at the park
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Depot Park was a fairly new park at the foot of Pacific Avenue. It was called Depot because the old train depot was located there and a rail line still passes behind the park. In this shot, the view is out from the park's parking lot and toward Pacific Avenue.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:08:28 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #170828_2304BCX
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A soccer field
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A huge soccer field was at the north end of the park.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:14:12 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #171412_2317BCX
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The entry at sunset
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The entry to the park as seen from the Pacific Avenue side. Note that the park had a large parking lot.


Depot Park   •  At Washington and Pacific Streets   •  Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 29 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:28:12 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #192812_2429BCX
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