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It's Pollinator Week!

June 18, 2018 

Santa Barbara is an official Bee City USA, so we’re celebrating Pollinator Week this week by posting pollinator facts on social media and providing information about how all of us can become more bee- and pollinator-friendly in our daily lives.

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Maintenance Project Announced for Pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden

June 11, 2018 

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department will be doing maintenance work on the pond at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden from June 11 – 24, 2018. This maintenance work will repair the pond liner and remove debris from the pond, which will improve water quality, make the pond a more pleasant place for park visitors, and create a more hospitable environment for the many wildlife species—such as turtles, ducks, and koi fish—that live in the pond area.

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EGGstravaganza Egg Hunts: Saturday, 3/31 at 10AM

March 26, 2018 

For 59 years, the Saturday morning before Easter has been a time for local children to look forward to. Each year, the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun, active sprint and search for candy and prize-filled eggs in the park.

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Applications Now Open for Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Awards Scholarship

January 31, 2018 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Awards Scholarship, the City of Santa Barbara and the Downtown Organization announced today. The scholarship, established in honor of former Santa Barbara mayor Harriet Miller, awards $500 to one outstanding local high school senior, in recognition of achievements in leadership and community service.

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Ash Cleanup Starting at Parks and Rec Locations

December 20, 2017 

Now that all Santa Barbara evacuation orders have been listed, we know you’re looking forward to getting back to normal. Getting rid of the Thomas Fire ash is part of that, so we want to let you know that we’re working on a plan to clear Parks and Rec Department locations of ash.

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Free Chef Apprentice Program for Teens

December 11, 2017 

Our culinary arts program for teens, the Chef Apprentice Program is a free program designed for students currently in the 11th and 12th grades at all Santa Barbara schools.

The program teaches students healthy nutritional and cooking skills they'll need as they look forward to living on their own after high school. It provides a full spectrum view of the culinary arts profession in a safe, nurturing, healthy, and fun environment for teens after their schooldays end.

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Free Classes Week Is Back!

September 6, 2017 

The Parks and Recreation Department is once 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 11 through Saturday, September 16.

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Concerts in the Park Starts Thursday, July 6

June 29, 2017 

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 18th season of Concerts in the Park 2017 will kick off its summer concert series on Thursday, July 6. Opening night will feature national touring act The PettyBreakers, a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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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: Jan 4, 2018
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