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New Playground Open at Municipal Tennis Center

Recent Improvement Project Includes Playground and Enhanced Tennis Area

A new playground and tennis patio are open at the Municipal Tennis Center, the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department announced today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on site on September 19.

The new Municipal Tennis Center playground, located next to the tennis facility at 1414 Park Place, features a fenced play area for kids ages 5-12, while the patio and other site improvements enhance the experience for tennis players and tournament spectators.

This recent improvement project creates a place to play for neighborhood children, improves access and safety through pathway improvements, and provides a new patio seating area adjacent to the tennis courts.


The 2,800-square-foot playground is safety rated for children ages 5-12, with an additional set of swings for younger children. Playground equipment includes a slide, swings, and fun climbing structures. In preparation for playground construction, sidewalks and a crosswalk were added to Old Coast Highway, making it much safer, more convenient, and more accessible for families living nearby to walk to the Municipal Tennis Center to play. The playground area is fenced for safety, and new trees enhance the area’s landscaping.

Site Improvements

In addition to repairing pathways to the tennis courts and constructing a tennis patio area, major improvements to accessibility were made with this project. Restroom access was improved by removing a block wall screening restroom entrances, and lighting was added near the playground.

Project Funding

This project was funded in part by grants from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation (playground equipment) and the Community Development Block Grant program, with the City of Santa Barbara General Fund contributing the remainder. The total project cost was $379,481.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Municipal Tennis Center
1414 Park Place (at Old Coast Highway)

Parking available on site

About the Municipal Tennis Center

“Muni Tennis,” the City’s largest tennis facility, is located at 1414 Park Place. The first four courts were constructed in 1937 and additional courts followed. The facility is home to the Parks and Recreation Department’s youth and adult tennis lessons, tennis summer camps, and Pickleball.

About the Parks and Recreation Department

The City of Santa Barbara’s Parks and Recreation Department proudly maintains a wide range of parks, facilities, and programs designed to serve the needs of the community.

The mission of the department is to provide clean and safe parks, beaches, and recreation facilities; to enhance Santa Barbara’s beauty; to promote stewardship of resources; and to provide quality recreation and cultural experiences and community services to improve the quality of life for Santa Barbara residents.

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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