Starts May 25, 20224:00 - 6:00 PM
Council Chambers
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

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The City Council created the Board of Park Commissioners in 1902. For many years the Board supervised the planning and construction of public park facilities.

In May 1929 the Recreation Commission was established by City Council on the recommendation of the Board of Park Commissioners, who felt that City parks would be more frequently used if recreational facilities were included in the parks. For many years recreation facilities and programs were administered by the Recreation Department, and included adult sports, youth sports and social activities, aquatics, cultural arts, senior citizen activities, and special activities for the disabled, as well as community-wide special events on a year round basis.

In 1990, the two departments were combined into the current Parks and Recreation Department. On November 3, 2009, the Board of Park Commissioners and Recreation Commission were officially combined into one Parks and Recreation Commission.

General Functions

  1. Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to parks, recreation, beaches, creeks, plazas, parkways, and street trees.
  2. Consider the annual budget for parks, recreation, beaches, creeks, plazas, parkways, and street tree purposes during the process of its preparation and make recommendations with respect thereto to the City Council and the City Administrator.
  3. Assist in the planning of parks, recreation, beaches, creeks, plazas, and street trees for the inhabitants of the City, promote and stimulate public interest therein, and to that end solicit to the fullest extent possible the cooperation of school authorities and other public and private agencies interested therein.
  4. Perform such other duties not inconsistent with this Charter as may be prescribed by ordinance.

For meeting agendas and videos please visit Parks and Recreation Commission.