Mission Statement
The Center's mission is to seek a balance between social, recreational
and cultural services to the diverse communities of Santa Cruz. The
Center strives to create a space that feels welcoming, comfortable,
safe and accessible to all who use it.
Location
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060
Hours
9 am-9:30 pm Monday-Saturday
Closed on Sundays
Phone
(831) 420-6177
Website
http://www.nelsoncenter.com/
Owner(s)
City of Santa Cruz
Established
1978 as a community center

The Louden Nelson Community Center was named after London Nelson, a former black slave who willed his estate to the school children of Santa Cruz. The building was built originally as Laurel School, and was designed by William Weeks.  The playground of the former elementary school is now Laurel Park.

Mural on a back wall of the Center

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