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Parks and Recreation: What's Open, What's Closed

What's out there for you to enjoy while practicing safe social distancing

What’s Closed

  • All recreation centers
  • All public counters

What’s Open

  • Parks: All parks are open during their normal operating hours. If you’d like to plan your park visit, the Parks and Recreation Map of Santa Barbara is a great reference.
  • Playgrounds
  • Beaches: Leadbetter Beach, West Beach, and East Beach are open.
  • Community Gardens: City community gardens at Rancheria and Yanonali are open for food harvesting and plot maintenance only. Please make sure to keep an open plot between you and the next gardener, to maintain a safe social distance.
  • Food Distributions: Please read this article for a schedule of our expanded food distributions.
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club: Please read this update for details on how to play safely at Muni.
  • Municipal Tennis Center: Tennis and pickleball courts are open starting April 28 with social distancing protocols. Sign up for your court time at
  • Tennis Courts at Oak Park are now open.
  • Los Banos del Mar Pool: Reopens May 26. Sign up for your swim lane in advance at
  • Lawn Bowling: Both the MacKenzie Park and Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Clubs are open with some restrictions. Please check-in with the clubs for details.
  • All outdoor exercise equipment
  • The Sunday Arts and Crafts Show
  • Beach volleyball courts (bring your own boundary lines)
  • Group picnic sites: open to groups made up of three or fewer households

How to Stay Safe

The statewide COVID-19 stay-at-home order allows for outdoor recreation such as visiting a park. So long as you are not in a group of more than two people and you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from others, it is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. If you do choose to visit a park or beach, please be sure you are observing this safe social distance, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

What to Do If You Have a Question or Need to Do Business with the Parks and Recreation Department

While our offices are closed, we are still here for you. If you have a question for us, please call (805) 564-5418 or send an email to

Many of our services are available online, including Water Quality Code Enforcement and the application for Street Tree Removal. For a list of all City of Santa Barbara services available online, please visit the Service Updates webpage.

We are working hard to adapt our services and activities to your needs during this time—while some of our upcoming events are cancelled, we’re finding ways to adapt and provide you with new versions of the Parks and Recreation Department experiences you know and trust. Please stay tuned by following us on social media (our Facebook page is a good place to start) and check our website,, often.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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