Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is renovating Stow Grove Park and we want to hear from you! Stow Grove Park, located at 580 N. La Patera Lane, is a beloved destination for local residents and visitors to the City of Goleta. Learn more about this project by watching our video featuring City of Goleta Parks and Recreation Manager JoAnne Plummer. Also, take our survey in English or Spanish to let us know what the park means to you and your family and how you use the park, by Monday, November 16th. While the focus of this project is on the multi-purpose field, your priorities will help us establish direction for this project, as well as prepare for future phases.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, "Stow Grove Park is such a treasure serving all of Goleta. We are looking forward to hearing from our community to make it an even better outdoor area for picnics, sports and family gatherings for people of all ages."

Parks and Recreation Manager JoAnne Plummer added, “This is such an exciting time for our community. To be part of the process that will improve one of Goleta’s most revered parks, adding to the rich history of this location.”

We are looking forward to receiving your surveys to find out the community’s thoughts on this cherished park. Current amenities for Stow Grove Park include (in alphabetical order): barbecues, baseball/softball field, horseshoe pits, open multi-purpose field, picnic shelters/gazebos, picnic tables; playground and tot lot; restroom; and sand volleyball court.

Thank you in advance for providing your feedback and we look forward to working with you to design and create a “new and improved” multi-purpose field at Stow Grove Park. If you have questions about the project, please contact the Project Manager, JoAnne Plummer, at 805-562-5505 or [email protected]. For regular updates on this project, and other parks and open space related projects, please sign up for email and/or text updates from City of Goleta at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaRecreation.

Park Background

Stow Grove Park was developed when Edgar Stow first planted trees for a beautiful, shaded picnic area to share with his family, friends and neighbors. This space has remained a public picnic ground since 1920. In 1964, the Sherman P. Stow Company deeded Stow Grove to the County of Santa Barbara as a public park. When Goleta became a City in 2002, the ownership of Stow Grove Park was transferred to the City of Goleta. This location continues to be a popular destination for sports, family gatherings, fitness, bird watching and more.

In 2015, the City of Goleta participated in a Recreation Needs Assessment. During this evaluation of City facilities, parks and services, Stow Grove Park’s Multi-Purpose field was identified as an area that needed improvement and the project was approved within the City’s Capital Improvement Project Budget. 

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Emmenanthe Oct 22, 2020 12:55 PM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

Please care for the redwoods!! They have been sadly neglected for too long. Better attention to the actual path of water emitted by sprinklers would help. (Watering a tree trunk is not very effective). Weed removal should be increased over its current, largely unobservable, level. Please be aware that the redwood grove offers a respite on hot days for those of us who do not have access to air conditioning. There are not a lot of places with both the shade and seating that Stow Grove Park provides.

CPlocal Oct 21, 2020 04:33 PM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

I agree with everyone else - water what is left of the once beautiful Redwoods. Invite children to come and plant saplings. This park was a great source of pride for that ranger 25 years ago. Once she left, the park turned to disrepair and weeds. How about a basketball court toward the southern end?

a-1603305100 Oct 21, 2020 11:31 AM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

How about a public baseball diamond? Can't play at Girsh, can't play at DPHS. The kids need a place to be able to play a socially distanced sport! Going to have to start some underground ball games if things to get better here!

biguglystick Oct 21, 2020 11:08 AM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

Please keep the park GREEN. Look after and care for those beautiful redwood trees. That's what we want to see. Keep the buildings and man made stuff to a minimum.

scott14 Oct 21, 2020 09:59 AM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

ta) Please water the redwoods!!! It looks like they're being allowed to die from lack of water. Redwood trees usually live in damp places.
b) Return the rocking horse swing set that was removed for no apparently good reason when a new park manager was hired maybe 25 years ago. That feature also (with the redwoods) made the park unique, and our kids loved it.
c) Post a few signs in the southern end telling people it's O.K. to park in the school lot when the school is closed. The large southern end seems under-used, probably because people don't see any close place to park. The main parking lot is far to haul birthday party supplies, barbque supplies, etc.

popcorn Oct 21, 2020 09:42 AM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

A scientifically proven fact: a great antidote to stress is to be outside in nature. This has long been recognized by indiginous + other cultures, particularly the Japanese. Tokyo has over 6000 parks, facilitating the practice of 'forest bathing' or shinrin-yoku. Basically, it's taking in the natural world through our senses, a great countermeasure to stressors.

SBLetsGetAlong Oct 20, 2020 07:04 PM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

Since we are in a pandemic where people are not allowed to gather & enjoy such things. Perhaps the money would be better spent on methods to help those in need during these hard hit times.
I love parks, but when there are numerous people & families struggling perhaps the funds should go to humanitarian aide?

a-1603249214 Oct 20, 2020 08:00 PM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

People need trees and parks, and the oxygen that green things provide. Keeping our parks alive and accessible *is* humanitarian aide.

a-1603232619 Oct 20, 2020 03:23 PM
Goleta's Stow Grove Park Renovation Project

Keep it green and open for groups and families to picnic in a natural environment. Start "improvements" with watering and caring for what is already there.

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