Chromatic Gate sculpture at Cabrillo Ball Park

Cabrillo Pavilion and Cabrillo Ball Park Awarded for Community Beautification

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September 21, 2022

Local nonprofit Santa Barbara Beautiful recognized two City of Santa Barbara properties during the organization's 58th annual Awards Gala on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

The recently renovated Cabrillo Pavilion received the coveted President's Award for its outstanding contribution to Santa Barbara's beauty. "The original theme of the capital campaign, 'Restore, Renew, Revitalize,' perfectly captured the goals of bringing this 1926 historic landmark building into the future for generations of locals and visitors to enjoy," said Santa Barbara Beautiful's President, Deborah Schwartz. "My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all who made the renovation of this community destination, recreation icon, and sought-after social venue possible!"

The City completed the renovation of the Cabrillo Pavilion in 2020 after a decades-long planning effort by the Parks and Recreation Department. "The renovation is the result of tremendous dedication and vision of the Santa Barbara City Council, KBZ Architects, City staff and the Cabrillo Pavilion Campaign Committee, including former Mayor Helene Schneider," said Jill Zachary, Parks and Recreation Director, who accepted the award on behalf of the City. Though the pandemic quelled plans for a grand reopening, the Cabrillo Pavilion has quickly become a top event destination as one of Santa Barbara's only beachfront venues. The facility also continues its legacy as a center for recreation by supporting local families with youth programming, like Junior Lifeguards, and providing East Beach with a fitness center, locker rooms, and showers for public use.

The Cabrillo Ball Park received the Santa Barbara Commons Public Open Space Award in recognition of the park's beautiful oceanfront setting for community gatherings and public enjoyment. The 4-acre park is home to the City's premier ball field, the Herbert E. Bayer Chromatic Gate sculpture, and contains a collection of outdoor fitness stations.

Both award-winning properties are managed by the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about these and other City properties, visit