About County Parks
Walter Cottle Lester established the Martial Cottle Park Foundation to assist the County in developing, improving, and operating the Park. Goals of the foundation include repairing and restoring the historic structures and equipment, and supporting park projects within the park. The Martial Cottle Park Foundation has donated nearly $300,000 to date for materials to preserve, restore and repair Cottle/Lester family buildings and belongings at Martial Cottle Park.
County Park’s six decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.
Our dedicated ranger, maintenance and interpretive staff are necessary complements to the overall park experience, taking an active role in the stewardship of the County’s finest natural resources and waterways especially with the assistance from our 1,400 volunteers who selflessly donate more than 60,000 hours of labor each year.
The Friends of Martial Cottle Park (FOMC) has supported the park since 2018. FOMCP inspires the community to care for, learn about, and enjoy the park and the agricultural heritage of Santa Clara Valley by promoting programs and projects that support and preserve the park.
County Parks Are Regional Parks
Santa Clara County acquired its first parkland in 1924, purchasing 400 acres near Cupertino which became Stevens Creek County Park. In 1956, the Department of Parks and Recreation was formed. Currently, the regional parks system has expanded to 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres.
County Parks are regional parks - located close to home, yet away from the pressures of the valley's urban lifestyle. The parks offer opportunities for recreation in a natural environment to all County residents. Regional parks are larger in size, usually more than 200 acres, than local neighborhood or community parks. Many of the County's regional parks also feature points of local historic interest. Use our Park Finder tool to find a park that fits your activity preference.
We provide a sustainable system of diverse regional parks, trails and natural areas that connects people with the natural environment, supports healthy lifestyles, offering outstanding visitor experiences that renew the human spirit, while balancing recreation opportunities with the protection of natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources.
General Contact Information:
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: (408) 355-2200 (Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm, except holidays)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (If you are sending mail to a specific employee please indicate their name in the subject header and the mail will be forwarded)
Phone: (408) 355-2201
(Reservations Office: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
For online camping and group picnic reservations