Live Oak Community


This page is under construction. It is intended to be a resource for the historical Live Oak neighborhood in which our Grange is located.

As a start, for a fascinating narrative on the history of the Live Oak, go here.

Another great historical resource, if you can find a copy, is Margaret Koch's seminal work "SANTA CRUZ COUNTY Parade of the Past." This book is an out of print treasure that should be reprinted, or least made available on Google Books.

For a recent report on Live Oak, you can read the full version of the “Live Oak: A Community Snapshot”.

Live Oak Family Resource Center
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Besides the SCLO Grange, another important component of Live Oak is the Live Oak Family Resource Center (LOFRC), directed by Elizabeth Schilling (who is also a member of the Grange). The mission of the LOFRC is to improve the quality of life and strengthen the individuals and families of Live Oak while promoting a safe and healthy community. Please visit their website to learn more about what the important services and programs they provide

Simpkins Family Swim Center
979 17th Avenue

The Simpkins Family Swim Center opened in the summer of 1998. There are four pools, a slide, and a community center with kitchen.

The 50-meter, 18-lane lap pool is the largest in Santa Cruz County, holding nearly 600k gallons of water. This pool is used for lap swimming, water polo and water aerobics. The water temperature is 78 degrees. The 43k gallon warm water pool is used for therapy and recreational swimming, the temperature is kept at 88 degrees. There is a zero depth entry ramp for easy wheel chair access.The Splash-Down pool is used to catch kids (and adults)
at the bottom of the two story cork screw slide. The fourth pool is the Splash Pool, with its splash features and six inch depth it is perfect for tots.