Since completing Phase I of the creek restoration project in December 2018, the Creeks Division has been working to design a second phase of work based on community input.
Phase II would include the restoration of an ephemeral tributary drainage (Campanil drainage) on the western portion of the site, improvements to existing informal trail routes to provide better access, drainage, and park experiences, and a pedestrian bridge across Arroyo Burro Creek at the north end of the site to provide a second park entrance.
Phase I Restoration
The project is designed to improve creek water quality and habitat conditions through the restoration of floodplain habitat, removal of non-native vegetation, and stabilization of eroding creek banks.
Portions of the creek banks were re-graded to create floodplain habitat, reduce stream bank erosion, and improve riparian habitat for native species.
Locally sourced native plants were installed to re-vegetate disturbed areas and to improve habitat diversity along this portion of Arroyo Burro.
Funding for this restoration effort has been generously supported by the California Coastal Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In February 2016 the Parks and Recreation Department and Creeks Division collaborated with the Trust for Public Land to acquire the former "Veronica Meadows" development site.
Acquisition of this 14.7 acre parcel in the Las Positas Valley along Arroyo Burro creates a major new open space park offering passive recreation opportunities for current and future generations of residents and visitors alike.
Funding for the $4 million purchase was made possible with City Council approval of $2.7 million in Measure B (Creeks Division) funds, and $1.3 million in grant funding from the California Natural Resources Agency's Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program ($500,000), State Coastal Conservancy ($500,000) and Santa Barbara County's Coastal Resources Enhancement Fund ($300,000).