Park Hall was established by the Brooks family as a public trust in 1923, for the residents of Ben Lomond. The trust included Wilder Hall, the library and adjacent park. The park, library and Wilder Hall were later turned over to the county for lack of financial support.
The hall was built out of an old stable, and the stage was rolled on logs from the park across the street. The restrooms were in the adjoining building that once housed Ben Lomond’s single fire cart. The painted fire cart’s door, no more than 6′ tall, can be seen on the right side of the hall.
All residents that live within 1.5 miles are part owners of the hall. The ongoing business is carried on by an elected board of trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Dates for the meetings are posted on the Park Hall Calendar. As members leave or retire they are replaced through voting by local residents. Anyone living within 1.5 miles is eligible to vote on membership to the Trust.
Park Hall was once a local movie theater noted for its very hard seating. It has since become home to Little Peoples Repertory Theater and Mountain Community Theater. Anyone is invited to plan their event by completing the Park Hall Rental Agreement and mail to: Park Hall Trust P.O Box 1027, Ben Lomond, Ca 95005
Here is a copy of the ParkHall Deed and Trust – founding document on file by the county of Santa Cruz.
The Deed and Trust is a representation structure and appoints most governance to a group of individuals that we call the Trustees which is a lifetime appointment.
The current Trustees are: Richard Mills, Anne Scott, Lyle Troxell, Denise Gorham, and Gill Sanchez.
For more information on the running of Park Hall please see our online documents.