Tribute Tables in State Parks

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has installed 50 “tribute tables,” including this one at Año Nuevo State Park. Photo courtesy Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Since 2019, the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has installed 50 new picnic tables at 17 state parks and beaches, including Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and Half Moon Bay State Beach. The nonprofit calls the program “Tribute Tables.”

The project, a collaboration between the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks, enables park supporters to honor a loved one, celebrate a milestone or support the community by having a message engraved into the cross timber of a picnic table. Donations for a tribute table start at $2,500 and proceeds support local state parks and beaches.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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