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PartnershipsParks & Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department works with many community organizations to implement community building and beautification projects throughout the year.  Some key projects include National Public Gardens Day, Arbor Day and Looking Good Santa Barbara.  Others include the United Way’s Day of Caring, State Trails Day and National Public Lands Day. 

National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration to bring attention to America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. 

The City Santa Barbara celebrates National Public Gardens Day each year in  May, in collaboration with partners including the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Ganna Walsk Lotusland, Casa del Herrero, Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Parks, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Beautiful, and the Parks and Recreation Community (PARC) Foundation.

 Arbor Day and TreeCity USA

The City collaborates with Santa Barbara Beautiful, dedicated to tree planting and community beautification, to celebrate Arbor Day each year.  Celebrations include planting projects at local elementary schools and art contests. These projects promote partnerships and educate children about the importance of trees to young children.  Santa Barbara has enjoyed the designation as a TreeCity USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for 33 years. 

Looking Good Santa Barbara Neighborhood Improvement Projects

The Department collaborates with Looking Good Santa Barbara (LGSB) ( throughout the year on neighborhood improvement projects, clean-ups, and tree planting. LGSB is a City of Santa Barbara program joining residents, City staff, and representatives from throughout the community with the mission to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost) and contribute to a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement. LGSB is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep California Beautiful.

See the Park Vounteer Program page to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Parks Division or call (805) 564-5433.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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