Parks & Recreation

Provide residents and visitors with diverse open space, parks, beaches and community forest resources, creek restoration and water quality enhancements and enrich people’s lives through a broad array of recreation and community services.

About Parks & Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of 5 divisions: Administration, Parks, Recreation, Creeks and Golf. The Department manages a diverse and unique park and recreation system – 1,810 acres of parkland encompassing 60 developed and open space parks, beaches, recreation and sports facilities, community forest and municipal golf course.


Recreation programs engage people of all ages, with specialized programs for youth, teens, active adults, low-income families and people living with disabilities. Recreation opportunities for the community are enhanced through collaborations, partnerships and volunteers.


The Creeks Restoration and Water Quality Improvement Program, funded by Measure B, implements clean water and restoration projects citywide.


The City’s 18-hole municipal golf course, Santa Barbara Golf Club, is well known for the exceptional quality of its greens and spectacular views.


The Parks and Recreation Department is budgeted in the General Fund, Creeks Fund, Miscellaneous Grants Fund, and Golf Fund.

Department Financial & Staffing Summary

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Department Organizational Chart