Bring Back the Quarry!

The Upper Quarry Amphitheater has been out of commission since 2006 due to its deteriorated state.  Currently, a project team consisting of campus students, staff, faculty, and consulting design professionals are analyzing the feasibility of renovating this iconic campus space.  The feasibility study should be completed in June 2014.

The amphitheater is located in a portion of a former limestone quarry that dates back to the late-19th Century when the entire UCSC campus was part of the lime industry and the Henry Cowell Lime Works.   (See for more information regarding the historic use of the area).  The small portion of the quarry was re-purposed for use as an amphitheater in 1967 during the early days of UC Santa Cruz development, and has been the venue for a multitude of events, including hosting speakers such as Angela Davis and Buckminster Fuller.  Please see the “Quarry Revival” article by Peggy Townsend on this webpage for more information.

The project team is enthusiastically working on this very exciting project. Please take a look at the links on this page and continue to check in for more information. 

Survey Results are in! Thank you for making a difference in the revival of this UCSC landmark!

By contributing your perspective on the ecological, experiential and symbolic value of this place and your vision for its future potential, you are helping the Design Team develop a plan that best serves the needs of the campus community, sensitively strengthens the facilities, respects the intrinsic spirit of the place and protects the rich landscape setting, of which the amphitheater is a part.

Your participation in the Open Student Workshop sessions and responses to the online survey questions have made a difference in the revival of this UCSC landmark. 

Guiding Principles Final Guidelines

UCSC News - Quarry Revival Article