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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.
Mission:The Center's mission is to seek a balance between social, recreational and cultural services to the diverse communities of Santa Cruz. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment accessible to all.
Facilities:The Louden Nelson Community Center offers a wide selection of spaces available for rent. Whether you prefer a dance studio for your movement class, a meeting room for your organization or a large room for your banquet or special event, we provide flexible options to suite your needs. All rental spaces are wheelchair accessible. Wireless internet access provided by Cruzio.
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 May 3, 2016

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