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Louden Nelson Community Center

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General Agency Information
Name:Louden Nelson Community Center
Address:301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-420-6177
Fax Number:831-420-6457
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Description:The Louden Nelson Community Center is a hub for recreational, cultural and social services for the Santa Cruz community. It is home to the Santa Cruz Teen Center, Downtown Seniors, The Senior Computer Center of Santa Cruz, Carnation Cafe Senior lunch program and County Office of Education Alternative High School as well as City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation classes. Annual events include Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation proclamation, the Fungus Fair in January, Mad Hatter Tea Party in May and a Mask Making Halloween Festival in October. Local artists are highlighted each month in our hallway art gallery. The Center has a wide selection of classrooms for rent including dance rooms, multi-use room with kitchen and large auditorium. Each evening there are a variety of offerings from dance and exercise to board meetings and 12 step groups. Go to to view our weekly calendar.

Free parking permits are available to Community Center patrons during Center operating hours and when attending activities at Louden Nelson. Please inquire at the front desk.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to the public.
Facilities:The Community Center offers a selection of rooms available for rent, including classrooms, multipurpose room and kitchen and theater auditorium. The multipurpose room is ideal for conferences, banquets, wedding receptions and family gatherings. The theatre/performance space is a complete use facility with lighting, sound, stage and dressing rooms. Rental space is available on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve space call 831-420-6177 or
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:City Government

Rachel Kaufman

Related Agencies
Child Agencies:Santa Cruz Teen Center
Subject Headings
 Dance Instruction
Facilities/Community Centers
Government Agencies
Older Adults
Recreation Centers
Recreational Facilities
Recreational/Leisure/Arts Instruction
Senior Centers
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
This record last modified February 4, 2013

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