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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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Covering two blocks, Alameda Park is one of the oldest City parks - originally, it was six whole blocks, known as Alameda Plaza. The park features rare trees and a bandstand built in 1888 for local concerts. The park is also home to Kids’…
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Dogs On-Leash, Playground, Reservable Outdoor Area(s)
Once the site of the elegant El Mirasol Hotel, this downtown block is often called the "crown jewel" of City parks. Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden features a large botanical collection of 75 different tree and plant species, pond, sensory…
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Dogs On-Leash
Learn more about the Chumash Cultural Project at Ambassador Park here. Located across from West Beach, this small park has a scenic view of the harbor, wharf, and islands. Once part of the Chumash village of Syuxtun, the park contains…
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Dogs On-Leash
The Andrée Clark Bird Refuge is a 42-acre open space park that includes a 29-acre lake, and an artificially modified estuary that supports brackish  (slightly salty) wetlands. The park provides passive recreation opportunities such as bird…
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Dogs On-Leash, Hiking Trails/Walking Paths, Waterfront Location
This open-space park in Las Positas Valley along Arroyo Burro was acquired in 2016. A creek restoration project was completed in 2018, which included improving existing walking trails and providing creek-viewing areas. Phase two of this…
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Dogs On-Leash
Access is limited to guided tours; please contact the Creeks Division for more information.
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Dogs On-Leash
An adorably-tiny corner park with benches and a playground for two- to five-year-olds.
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Playground
A neighborhood park with large shady trees, room for informal soccer games, picnic areas, native plants, and a playground for five- to twelve-year-olds. Across the creek, facing San Andres Street, is a charming pocket park with a house…
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Dogs On-Leash, Playground, Reservable Outdoor Area(s), Sport Fields/Ball Courts
Made up of two areas on either side of Cabrillo Boulevard. Ocean Side: A narrow park adjacent to East Beach with an open grassy area and bike path/walkway from Stearns Wharf to East Beach, and home of the Sunday Arts and Crafts show. …
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Dogs On-Leash, Playground, Reservable Indoor Area(s), Reservable Outdoor Area(s)
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