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Parks & Recreation Spaces

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Santa Barbara's parks have something for everyone! Find your favorite beaches, trails, playgrounds, sports fields, picnic sites, and more.

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Located in the heart of downtown, close to State Street’s Paseo Nuevo shopping mall and right next to City Hall, this grass plaza is the site of many public celebrations. 
Donated to the City in 1997, this large open-space area sits above Arroyo Burro Beach and contains walking trails and scenic ocean views. The park is a popular destination for dog owners, as dogs can enjoy the park without their leashes on.
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Off-Leash Dog Area
The park along East Beach's eastern end has than a dozen beach volleyball courts, picnic sites, shady trees, angled street parking, and an entrancing view of the waves.
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Reservable Indoor Area(s), Reservable Outdoor Area(s), Sport Fields/Ball Courts
Close to the Franklin Neighborhood Center, this neighborhood park is a popular location for barbecues and birthday parties, with a playground for two- to five-year-olds, plenty of shade from large, mature coast live oak trees, and an on-…
Amenities:
Dogs On-Leash, Playground, Reservable Outdoor Area(s)
This open-space park contains a drop-in equestrian riding ring.
Amenities:
Dogs On-Leash
Picturesque city vistas, walking paths, a half-size basketball court and playground for two- to five-year-olds are features of this park located on the Mesa. Oak woodlands and wildflowers add to the beauty of this unique site.
Amenities:
Dogs On-Leash, Playground, Sport Fields/Ball Courts
Originally the home of famed botanist Francesco Franceschi, the grounds of this park offer unmatched views of the city below, and contain a rare botanical collection.
Amenities:
Dogs On-Leash
Open-space parkland and a trail head for Cold Spring Trail.
Amenities:
Dogs On-Leash
An open-space park with trails and eucalyptus woodlands; dogs are allowed off-leash. Hale Park was once part of Solana, Frederick J. Peabody's estate.
Amenities:
Off-Leash Dog Area
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