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Douglas Family Preserve Improvements

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Monique O'Conner
Open Space Planner
(805) 560-7576

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Learn more about wildfire prevention work scheduled for Fall 2024 here.

The Douglas Family Preserve is a nearly 70-acre open space park in the Mesa neighborhood, known for its scenic ocean views and coastal bluff walking trails. The property was purchased in 1996 through a combination of community fundraising efforts and grants from organizations and agencies focused on environmental preservation and conservation. Today, the park is the city’s most heavily trafficked open space and serves as a popular destination for Santa Barbara residents and visitors alike.

The Parks and Recreation Department aims to balance the park’s mix of recreational uses with the need to preserve the area’s natural resources, including native vegetation and wildlife. Upcoming work efforts include trail maintenance, habitat restoration, wildfire prevention, and hazardous tree removal. 

Improvements are funded by the Douglas Family Preserve Endowment through the PARC Foundation and grants from CAL FIRE and the Coastal Conservancy through the city’s Wildfire Resiliency Project.