The Mesa Neighborhood Walking tour provides residents and visitors with a diverse walking experience. Move through oak woodland, the Mesa neighborhood, and family friendly parks while catching views of the Pacific Ocean. This walk encompasses the Douglas Family Preserve, La Mesa Park, and Shoreline Park areas. Join all three for a nearly 4 mile walk.
Douglas Family Preserve- 1.5 mile loop
The Douglas Family Preserve is a 70-acre property deeded to the City by the Trust for Public Land in 1997. The park is named for the Kirk Douglas family in recognition of their significant contribution toward the purchase. Access to the Preserve is via the walking path from Hendry’s Beach, Borton Drive, and Medcliff Road.
Visitors to this park will enjoy walking/hiking, biking, views, and hang gliding. Dogs are allowed, however, visitors must read signs to understand the rules for on and off leash areas.
La Mesa Park- 3/10 mile loop
From the Douglas Family Preserve, follow Edgewater Way to Camino De La Luz and cross the foot bridge to tour the paths of <La Mesa Park link to Interactive Park Map>. This family friendly park features restrooms, picnic tables, and a playground. Short paths traverse the perimeter of the park.
Shoreline Park- 1 mile loop
Those seeking a longer walk can continue walking along Shoreline Drive to Shoreline Park. This park is a signature feature in Santa Barbara’s park system. Activities include picnics, walking/jogging, playgrounds, restrooms, beach access, coastal views, spectator sports such as whale watching, and more. Please, for the safety of others, no bikes are allowed.