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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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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
With headwaters in the Los Padres National Forest, the Arroyo Burro Watershed covers about 5,600 acres. Its 11 miles of creeks includes tributaries Barger Canyon, San Roque, Las Positas, and Mesa. Arroyo Burro flows into the ocean at…
The County of Santa Barbara's Arroyo Burro Beach County Park is located 5 miles west of Santa Barbara's City center on Cliff Drive near Hope Ranch. From Highway 101 take Las Positas Road south to Cliff Drive. Turn right and travel 1/2 mile…
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Beach Access, Off-Leash Dog Area
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
Arroyo Burro Trail begins roughly half a mile after you start your hike up the Jesusita Trail, and ends at East Camino Cielo. The trail switches back and forth between dirt trail, paved road, and dirt road. This trail is strenuous and…
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Hiking Trails/Walking Paths
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
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