Phew! It’s been a long, hard year+, hasn’t it? Although we know the pandemic isn’t over yet, here at SB Parks and Rec we are so excited about what we’re able to offer now that California has reopened.
We thought you’d like to know what’s open, what’s happening, and tips for participating this summer, so here’s all the information you need, all in one place.
First, a word about masks. Are they required? We follow current state and local public health guidance, so the short answer for adults is: yes, masks are required unless you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are not required to wear a mask or other face covering for outdoor activities. You are welcome to wear a mask if you want to, but you don’t have to if you are outdoors.
Indoors, we require masks. All parks and recreation/sports facilities are open. Masks or other face coverings are required for everyone inside all of our buildings that are open to the public. This applies to Parks and Recreation Department staff as well as members of the public.
We follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) requirements, so if a person qualifies for an exemption under those guidelines, that’s fine with us. If you have questions about this or any other topic, please let us know at (805) 564-5418 or ParksAndRec@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
Vaccination is not required to participate in any SB Parks and Rec program or to visit any City of Santa Barbara park or recreation/sports center.
If you are concerned about being around people whose vaccination statuses you don’t know, please do wear a mask, plan your visit for a less-crowded time, or reconsider your visit. We will not verify vaccination status of activity participants or park users.
We’re off to a great start with this year’s summer camp season! Our summer camp rules for campers and parents are slightly different since California reopened on June 15. In particular, requirements around wearing masks or other face coverings have changed:
Mask-Related Rules for SB Parks and Rec Summer Camps:
What hasn’t changed is: our summer camps are fun, safe, and well-run by recreation experts who are really happy about all we’re able to offer this year.
A couple of other notes for campers and families to keep in mind:
· We will continue to encourage social distancing at camp.
· Please remind your campers not to share food or drinks.
If you have any questions for us, please call (805) 564-5418 or send us an email at ParksAndRec@SantaBarbaraCA.gov .
To browse or register for an upcoming summer camp session, please visit sbparksandrec.org.
This year, we’ll be offering many of our usual fall activities for all ages, following all current health orders and best-practice safety guidelines. Many activities will be open for registration after August 15, and we’ll keep adding activities to our roster after that. Space will be limited in some after-school programs, such as RAP, so be sure to sign up as soon as registration opens for your favorite activities. To stay up to date, please sign up for our email list at bit.ly/LoveParksAndRec.
What’s a California summer without poolside fun and a good swim (or splash)? Our pools are open!
For all pools: If you are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, you are not required to wear a mask. We will not verify vaccination status, so if you are concerned about being around people with unknown vaccination statuses, please wear a mask or reconsider your visit.
Los Baños del Mar Pool, locker, shower and weight room(s) are open, and advance online registration for lap swim times is no longer required. To view the lap swim schedule, please visit bit.ly/LosBanosSignUp.
The Oak Park Wading Pool is open as of June 15! No sign-up is required; free wading pool fun is open to kids ages 12 and under, every day from noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Ortega Park Pool is open for free recreational swimming Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. No need to sign up in advance.
Tennis and pickleball are great ways to get that healthy activity with friends—we’re offering a combination of free drop-in play and court reservations this summer.
Tennis courts will continue using sign-up genius for advanced court reservations. Pickleball courts will continue using a hybrid approach requiring the advanced court reservations through Sign-Up Genius on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Drop-in open play is available on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays.
To make a court reservation at Muni, please visit Sign-Up Genius at bit.ly/SBMuniTennisSignUp.
Free drop-in play, no reservation needed, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day.
Free drop-in play, no reservation needed, weekdays noon to 8:00 p.m. and weekends 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
All Parks and Recreation Department recreation centers and sports facilities are open during normal operating hours. Please see the above guidance about masks.
Beach level (downstairs) open starting July 6 for fee-based activities, including using passes to the fitness room, showers, and locker room, and rentals of the conference room and multi-purpose room. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lobby open to the public starting June 21. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.
The historic Carrillo Street Gym, next to the Carrillo Recreation Center, will reopen with advance reservations for basketball, indoor soccer, table tennis and Special Olympics floor hockey practices. Gym reservation hours are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays. To make a reservation, please send an email to Sports@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
At the Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 East Montecito Street, the lobby is open to the public starting June 21. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Westside Neighborhood Center, 423 West Ortega Street, is closed to the public except by appointment. To make an appointment, please call (805) 897-2560 or coordinate directly with the SB Parks and Rec team member you have business with.
Visitors and staff must wear masks inside the building during appointments, except with a qualified exemption (please see above for further guidance about masks).
The Parks Division office at 402 East Ortega Street is open to the public, but visitors and staff must wear masks inside the building. See above for further guidance about masks.
Our Department administration building at 620 Laguna Street is closed to the public except by appointment. To make an appointment, please call (805) 564-5418, send an email to ParksAndRec@SantaBarbaraCA.gov , or coordinate directly with the SB Parks and Rec team member you have business with. Visitors and staff must wear masks inside the building during appointments, except with a qualified exemption (please see above for further guidance about masks).
We look forward to bringing back our usual summer events (plus some new ones!) in 2022—but this summer, Concerts in the Park is canceled.
The City of Santa Barbara will be hosting a modified Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at West Beach for Independence Day this year. Please visit Fourth of July in Santa Barbara for details!
Starting June 15—and upon adoption by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department— restrictions will be lifted for all types of special events as long as the number of attendees is not greater than 10,000 outdoors or 5,000 indoors. Once events exceed this number, they are subject to State of California requirements as Mega Events.
To find out more about planning a special event in Santa Barbara, such as a festival, charity sports event, or community concert, please visit City of Santa Barbara Special Events or reach out to special events coordinator Sarah Knowles at SKnowles@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or (805) 897-1926.
If you are planning an event you think may qualify as a Mega Event, please refer to Beyond the Blueprint: Mega Events on the State of California website.
Starting June 15—and upon adoption by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department— restrictions will be lifted for all types of outdoor rentals, including picnic sites, weddings, private and public gatherings. Outdoor mega events of 10,000 people or more, such as music or food festivals, car shows, large endurance events and marathons, parades, sporting events, and concerts will be required to follow state and local guidance.
Starting June 15—and upon adoption by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department— restrictions will be lifted for all types of indoor rentals except for indoor Mega Events of 5,000 people or more, such as conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events and concerts. Indoor mega events will be required to follow state and local guidance.
From all of us at SB Parks and Rec, we’ve missed you! We can’t wait to see you this summer. Did we answer all your questions in this article? If not, please send us an email at ParksAndRec@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or follow us on social media and send us a direct message.
To keep up on the latest about what SB Parks and Rec has to offer for all ages this summer, please keep an eye on our website at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/ParksAndRec and follow us on social media, where our username is always @sbparksandrec:Facebook Instagram Twitter TikTok.
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