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The 90+ Birthday Party Returns! Join us Thursday, April 20.

April 9, 2017 

Calling all nonagenarians! If you or a friend or loved one is 90 years old or older, please join us for the 90+ Birthday Party on Thursday, April 20. There is no cost to attend, and we’ll have lunch (and birthday cake!), live music, a singalong, and our delightful emcee, local news personality John Palminteri. This fun collective birthday party celebration is presented by HUB International and the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department.

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The Summer Camp Guide Is Here!

March 1, 2017 

The Parks and Rec Summer Camp Guide has all the information you need to help you plan a wonderful Santa Barbara summer for your family. All summer camp listings are here--and don't forget, summer camp registration starts March 15 at 9AM!

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The 90-Plus Birthday Party Is Back!

February 17, 2017 

The 90-Plus Birthday Party is one of the Parks and Recreation Department's most beloved community events, and it's back! Sponsorship opportunities are available for this year's bash, which is scheduled for April 20 at the Carrillo Recreation Center.

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Explore Your Coast!

January 17, 2017 

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department announced today it has published a map, podcasts and video to encourage education and exploration of Santa Barbara’s scenic coastline.

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New Bike Rack for Los Baños del Mar Pool

November 16, 2016 

We’re happy to announce that Los Baños will soon have a larger bike rack area next to the sidewalk near the front entrance. The new area will have more than double the current bicycle parking available, allowing for 20 bikes.

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Santa Barbara Youth Council to Host "Youth Speak Out!"

October 18, 2016 

On October 24, the Santa Barbara Youth Council will host Youth Speak Out, a youth-focused panel discussion. Youth Speak Out seeks to foster a healthy debate and thoughtful discussion of the political issues surrounding Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.

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Chef Apprentice Program Introduces Teens to the Culinary Arts

October 12, 2016 

Teens in 11th and 12th grades are invited to join the Chef Apprentice Program, a free, semester-long course offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. Chef Apprentices will have fun and make new friends while developing healthy cooking and nutritional skills, and they’ll also get an insider’s view of the many exciting opportunities offered by a career in the culinary arts.

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Take Our Storm Water Outreach Survey!

April 11, 2016 

We are asking community members to help direct our outreach programs by taking our Storm Water Outreach Survey at the link below. Five respondents will be randomly selected to WIN a Creeks Division prize pack!

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Summer Camp Registration News

February 24, 2016 

Over 250 Parks and Recreation Department summer camp sessions will open for registration at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 1. With options from full-day outdoor adventure camps to part-day sports, dance, and education camps, Parks and Rec summer camps offer enriching, memorable summer camp experiences for children of all ages and interests.

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New Year, New You!

December 23, 2015 

Parks and Recreation Department activities for January 2016 are open for registration, to help you with that new year's resolution checklist.

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Oak Park’s Drought-Stressed Trees Benefit from Reclaimed Wading Pool Water

September 29, 2015 

The City of Santa Barbara took the drought-conscious action of resuing the water from the Oak Park wading pool rather than discarding the water into the sewer. The Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department worked together to pump approximately 16,000 gallons of dechlorinated water from the wading pool, using the water to irrigate many of the large oak trees in Oak Park.

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Free Classes Week at Carrillo Recreation Center

August 31, 2015 

The Parks and Recreation Department is again hosting its annual Free Classes Week at the historic Carrillo Recreation Center. Many activities for children, teen, adults, and seniors will be free from Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 19.

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85th Annual Children’s Fiesta Parade Now Accepting Entries

April 27, 2015 

The City of Santa Barbara’s Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entry forms for participation in the Children’s Fiesta Parade. The parade, to be held on Saturday, August 8, is now in its 85th year, and has been a community tradition for generations of children.

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New Playground Open at Parque de los Niños

April 23, 2015 

Parque de los Niños has reopened after the completion of a playground replacement project. The park now features a three-area playground, with a play structure for children ages 2 - 5, a swing set, and a larger play structure for children ages 5 -12.

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Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015