Picnic areas are now closed and group activities in City of Santa Barbara parks are prohibited.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, all group activities in City parks are prohibited until further notice. This includes use of picnic areas, and is intended to help the public practice safe social distancing during the current statewide stay-at-home order. Park users must refrain from group activities in parks even with groups from the same household or fitness groups, though passive recreation such as walking or running as individuals or in pairs following the minimum six-foot social distance requirement is allowed.
Signs will be posted in parks to explain the picnic site closures and the new policy regarding group activities.
City parks are open during their usual hours of sunrise to one half hour after sunset, with the exception of three lesser-used parks: Franceschi Park, Hilda McIntyre Ray Park, and Skofield Park are closed. When using parks, please continue to practice safe social distancing by keeping a physical distance of at least six feet between yourself and others and moving to allow plenty of room when passing others on lawns or pathways. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often, avoid touching surfaces, and don’t touch your face.