Favorite Park for Kids?

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Ok parents, I'm looking for your favorite parks on the South Coast to take little kids. 

Which parks do you like most, and why? Looking to keep our little ones entertained by testing out all the parks. Thanks in advance.

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a-1663881397 Sep 22, 2022 02:16 PM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Shoreline park, it's the one least inundated with homeless people. Unfortunately, we have to think of our kids safety around those who are addicted and homeless.

a-1663891161 Sep 22, 2022 04:59 PM
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What exactly do you think is going to happen if you bring your child to the same park a homeless person is at? The fearmongering is so strong with some folks on here...homeless people are just people... You and your child(ren) are in much, much more danger on your drive to the park.

a-1663896133 Sep 22, 2022 06:22 PM
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Ouch, 0 for 4 EDWARD! Kids and other people, even homeless, can exist peacefully in one park :) it's tiresome seeing the constant vilification of homeless folks on here. There's been what, one needle stick scare in a decade at a local park? And zero homeless attacks on children? It's just plain fearmongering. No need to lash out over the internet. Really, what do you think is going to happen if you bring your kid to a park with a homeless person/people in it? I really am curious

Luvaduck Sep 23, 2022 08:08 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Unless you count discarded suringes and human feces.

GeneralTree Sep 23, 2022 11:05 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

"take your kids to the parks that have human shit smeared on the slides and heroin needles on the ground," Randy Rowse's campaign promise was to make the parks safe.

ChillinGrillin Sep 23, 2022 11:06 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Guys stop being mean to Edward. As a nude model from Slovenia once said, we need to be best and avoid cyberbullying. Internet comments can hurt too. His truck is his personality and safe space, we need to respect that. This aggression will not stand, man.

9inchedward Sep 22, 2022 02:55 PM
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We don’t our kids to the parks in the downtown/beach area because there’s too many crackheads that hang out in those areas, just today I was taking my break near the kids park across from the zoo, and saw a bum with his pants down scratching his balls and his whole ass showing and a cops drove past him, looked and did nothing, that’s another problem, when you drive in the industrial area you see all the crack heads smoking meth, shooting up heroin and half dead on fentanyl, and Santa Barbara PD does absolutely nothing about it, I’d say just be very careful with your kids at all parks because you never know if one of these low life piece of shit bums will leave something behind, and god forbid a child picks something up, remember the park on Haley street a kid got poked by a dirty heroin needle, I hope he’s ok now

GeneralTree Sep 22, 2022 08:59 PM
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Randy Rowse was supposed to make the parks safe. What happened?

kids Sep 22, 2022 04:29 PM
Favorite Park for Kids?

It's been awhile......We loved to take our kids to Hidden Valley Park. They loved to ride their trikes/bikes around the circle.


tlachiquero Sep 22, 2022 05:58 PM
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Having had a dog (RIP), I had the opportunity to see parks from the canine perspective, that is as toilets. Now that I have a young grandchild who enjoys parks and playgrounds, I assume everything in a public area is soaked in dog urine. Every vertical surface, post, pole and tree trunk is a target for the males and the females go in the middle of the grassy areas and you can't tell what's there until you sit down.
Dogs are just being dogs and it's the owners who are just as much at fault as the addicts for unsafe and unsanitary playgrounds. Get a leash, jerks!

GeneralTree Sep 22, 2022 06:55 PM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Steven's Park in the San Roque neighborhood. Tucker's Grove in Goleta.

edney Sep 22, 2022 07:31 PM
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Or have GT take your kids to Plaza de Vera Cruz Park. The City of SB's first park and currently in a three way tie with Ortega, Pershing Parks for the following best in show amenities:
Best Place to see an addict drop a deuce.
Best Place to see an addict shoot up.
Best Place to show your kids how Narcan works

GeneralTree Sep 23, 2022 11:08 AM
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Edhat You voted for Rowse - he was supposed to make the parks safe. That was a primary campaign promise. Rowse is too busy at ribbon cuttings and martini parties to care about your kids safety. Please stop farming me out as a babysitter and give Randy a call.

ChillinGrillin Sep 23, 2022 03:38 PM
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Edney: Go to Plaza de Vera Cruz and spend like 30 minutes there. It's a good park and I doubt you even go there. I do pretty regularly with my dog or a book and it's relaxing. You should get out of the Fox News bubble and try it sometime.

edney Sep 23, 2022 04:19 PM
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Last time I drove past on Haley there was a guys passed out on the side walk with his pants half down. He looked like he'd nodded off while dropping one. I had no idea my drivers side window was a TV tuned into FOX.

I will say that park is a lot better than it was 10 years ago but if you can't find the addicts, you are not looking. To be fair I've seen overdoses in Upper Orpet on the Riviera, Oak Park down by all the halfway houses Alameda park near the bandstand and along Sola.

Post your phone number and I'll call you instead of 911 next time I see someone who looks overdosed so you can grab your kids and grandkids and visit

edney Sep 23, 2022 04:30 PM
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You voted for a 20 year clowncar cavalcade of losers and then expect Rowse to fix it all in a year?
PS: You have no idea who I voted for as mayor because I live SB City Limits adjacent. I will tell you that I was happy to vote for Jimmy Carter and happy to vote for Bill Clinton.
That said, remain staggered by your intellect, thanks for the discussion- usually I have to stop by the Lyndon LaRouche table outside the post office for that level of insight

MarcelK Sep 23, 2022 06:23 PM
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" I had no idea my drivers side window was a TV tuned into FOX."

The TV tuned into Fox is inside your head ... it colors how you see the world.

You and your favored party created the economic conditions that resulted in the homeless people you so despise, many of whom come to California from red states. Many are veterans who lack services because the GOP prefers to cut the taxes of corporations and the rich. And there are the mentally ill who were released from mental hospitals by Gov. Reagan without providing the services that were supposed to go with that.

But for right wingers, it's all about feeling superior and blaming people for their circumstances.

MarcelK Sep 23, 2022 06:32 PM
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"You voted for a 20 year clowncar cavalcade of losers and then expect Rowse to fix it all in a year?"

You blame the politicians you don't favor for everything that happens on their watch and excuse the politicians you do favor for everything that happens on their watch. Why? Because you're a fundamentally dishonest person.

MarcelK Sep 23, 2022 06:27 PM
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"You voted for a 20 year clowncar cavalcade of losers"

I don't think GT voted for you or your RW friends.

The fact is that the public servants that you are denigrating are better people than you are in every possible way.

OGSB Sep 23, 2022 07:56 PM
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GT- "Edney I mean" Super crazy that you don't know what you're talking about...

edney Sep 23, 2022 10:58 PM
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And of course the color of your world within your fevered mind is the same as fairy princesses , unicorns and other delusions

Basicinfo805 Sep 22, 2022 08:11 PM
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Willowglen is a nice sleeper. Zero clowns there. Only families and kids.

mm1970 Sep 23, 2022 09:36 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Except no bathrooms, unless that has changed in the last 13 years. ASK ME HOW I KNOW.

SBSand Sep 23, 2022 07:09 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Look for neighborhood parks. Hilda Rae on the mesa, Stow Grave in Goleta and there are lots of little hidden parks in neighborhoods all over Goleta. I do not know of as many in SB but these ones are more closely monitored by the neighborhood and less likely to have issues with homeless.

paglinsb Sep 23, 2022 07:40 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

“The South Coast” is a large area. Are you asking about theme parks and amusement parks, or playgrounds?

a-1663973556 Sep 23, 2022 03:52 PM
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I understood it as parks and playgrounds. And the "South Coast" is from Goleta-Carp.

a-1663944687 Sep 23, 2022 07:51 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Rocky Nook Park - giant boulders to climb, natural creek to explore, oak trees to meander under and yes the "required" "safe" tot lot with swings, climbing structure, slides. But nature is what the other parks don't have in the same way. Also near the Old Mission Historical Park and rose garden with lots of lawn and old historical relics to find out about. Getting from one to the other does mean crossing streets. So, just staying in Rocky Nook should give ample imaginative and other play.

SBSand Sep 23, 2022 04:29 PM
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Was at rocky nook recently and there was trash everywhere and drunk homeless people there all day. It's NO longer my go to sadly.

mm1970 Sep 23, 2022 09:42 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Elings Park. Escondido is really cute. Hilda Ray is nice too. There's one is Summerland that I like too. Stow House and Stow grove park. Skofield, but not this time of year (too hot).

sacjon Sep 23, 2022 11:14 AM
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Girsh Park in Goleta is great for any number of activities, sports, etc. For natural beauty and shaded areas, go with Bella Vista Open Space, Haskell's beach, Shoreline Park, to name a few.

Don't be scared off by the ridiculous claims that all the parks are smeared in feces, etc. Yes, downtown you will see homeless people, but they usually keep to them selves. Safest, cleanest parks though are in Goleta and San Roque area.

GeneralTree Sep 23, 2022 11:17 AM
Favorite Park for Kids?

Always fun to take a stroll around Lake Los Carneros and feed the ducks.

MarcelK Sep 23, 2022 06:33 PM
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"and feed the ducks"

Oy. You and Babycakes. Not a good model of behavior -- don't do it.

9inchedward Sep 23, 2022 11:37 AM
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Let me just say what I should have said in the first place, We take our kids to our neighborhood park almost everyday, it’s on willowglen it’s a really nice park

Babycakes Sep 23, 2022 11:51 AM
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Alice Keck Park is wonderful for kids of all ages. They discourage feeding the ducks and turtles, but.....we bring along a few "nibbles" for the birdies/turts to munch on (do not feed them chips, popcorn, or anything with a bunch of preservatives like Pop Tarts, Fruit Loops, and so on). Someone mentioned two parks we completely avoid due to the out-of-control coyote problem: Steven's Creek Park and Tucker's Grove. Both of these parks also have had numerous sightings of mountain lions, which should make anyone (child and adult) nervous. We saw one less than a year ago sneaking up on something, but did not stick around to find out what. For those seeking parks in urban areas, the further away from the nearest place that sells booze, the fewer problem visitors you'll encounter has been my experience (here, and elsewhere).

MarcelK Sep 23, 2022 05:59 PM
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"They discourage feeding the ducks and turtles"

With good reason.

"but.....we bring along a few "nibbles" for the birdies/turts to munch on"

Of course you do.

Babycakes Sep 24, 2022 08:53 AM
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MarcelK: Feeding or not feeding the ducks at Alice Keck Park does not detract from the fact that it is probably the best place to bring your kids for an enjoyable time without some of the safety issues encountered at other parks. You are correct, feeding the ducks and turtles is completely discouraged for good reason. Some folks do not understand that it's quite unhealthy to toss out Ritz crackers, donut pieces, fried chips, beef jerky, cotton candy, etc. What the ducks/turtles refuse to eat sinks to the bottom and rots. We only provide them with organic, salt- and gluten-free items that they gobble up with joy (at least to me it seems like they are joyful). Like anything, moderation is the key, so you don't want to go there and dump out buckets filled with unhealthy or inedible nibbles. If you can afford it, you can buy Purina duck food pellets, which do not harm anything. By the way, the pellets are best served on dry soil or lawn.

So, yeah, Alice Keck Park gets my vote every time for the best place to bring kids for an outing.

Basicinfo805 Sep 23, 2022 01:27 PM
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No, there are no bathrooms at Willowglen, and that’s why people aren’t camping there all day so they can have access to a bathroom. It’s too bad, but it’s the reality.

Alexblue Sep 23, 2022 03:47 PM
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Kids' World is great. It is a wonderful climbing structure and you don't get sketchy types in the play area as it is so well attended.

Basicinfo805 Sep 23, 2022 04:32 PM
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Big thumbs down on Rocky Nook - it’s been taken over. Total shame, don’t get me started. I’ll leave it at that.


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