The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department has put a proposed Douglas Family Preserve (DFP) trail renovation project on hold until further notice.
Over a 4-month period, Department staff sought community input on the trail improvements. This process sparked extensive discussion about the project, which would have involved improvements to approximately one third of DFP trails and would have addressed accessibility for park visitors with limited mobility. Many residents of the streets adjacent to the City-owned open space park were particularly concerned about potential neighborhood impacts.
Department staff determined that the preparation of a more comprehensive plan for the park trail improvements and accessibility requirements should be considered fully before moving forward with the project. Staff has withdrawn an application for grant funding related to this project.
About the Douglas Family Preserve
The Douglas Family Preserve, once widely known as the Wilcox Property, is a 70-acre open space park located above Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach. After a grass-roots community campaign spanning over twenty years, the City of Santa Barbara acquired the land for the DFP in 1997. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains the DFP, which is forever preserved from development and is reserved for the use of the public, in accordance with the Douglas Family Preserve Management Plan.