To celebrate the launch of our new event venues website at santabarbaraparksandrec.com, we're offering up to 50% off on rental fees at four of our most popular venues: the Historic Carrillo Ballroom, the Cabrillo Pavilion, Casa Las Palmas, and the Chase Palm Park Center.
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.
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.
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.
Young skateboarders will love the Parks and Recreation Department’s Skate Saturdays kids-only skate time and free skateboarding clinic, every Saturday from 9:00-11:00AM.
Join the Parks and Recreation Department for an excellent party featuring Rio Olympics women's beach volleyball medal matches on a giant LED viewing wall, appetizers, drinks, and great company.
The playground at Bohnett Park will be closed for replacement through early May. Find a new playground to visit during the project with our map, or download our complete Playgrounds Checklist!
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.
Join us at the Louise Lowry Davis Center for midday movies on Wednesdays, once a month.
The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department will again offer the free Teen Culinary Arts program for local youth.
The program is open to students attending any Santa Barbara area high school. Students learn cooking, healthy nutrition, and other culinary arts skills in a fun, interactive environment.
The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department has put a proposed Douglas Family Preserve (DFP) trail renovation project on hold until further notice.
Santa Barbara area parks are the subject of an upcoming gallery show by local artist Nina Warner, to open this Friday, October 16.
The public is invited to two upcoming public meetings to provide input on the Cabrillo Ball Park renovation project, plans for which are still in the preliminary stages.
On Thursday, October 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the historic Carrillo Recreation Center, the City of Santa Barbara, the PARC Foundation, and HUB International will present the 90+ Birthday Party.
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.
The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department has announced the launch of the 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) which will award small grants to civic and religious organizations for small local improvement projects.
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.
New map from the Parks and Recreation Department provides useful and fun community resource.
Concerts in the Park 2015 will kick off its summer concert series on Thursday, July 2. Opening night will be a tribute to the Eagles from Los Angeles band the Long Run.
The City of Santa Barbara’s Parks and Recreation Department will hold a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00pm to discuss design options for the development of a new playground and site improvements at the Municipal Tennis Center.
Registration for 2015-2016 sessions of RAP!, the Parks and Recreation Department's popular after-school program, is now open.
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.
The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show will celebrate our milestone 50th Anniversary with a series of events including an art exhibition, an anniversary weekend with shows on both Saturday and Sunday, and a free concert for the community featuring local favorite Spencer the Gardener.
The Adapted Recreation Program announces the start of a new program for developmentally disabled youth ages 14-22 in partnership with community organization Reid's Gift.
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.
The biggest egg hunt in town is back on April 4, 2015 at 10am sharp! Come bring your children for the best egg hunt this year, and let yourself feel like a kid again!