City Playgrounds and Skate Park Now Open

Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to announce the re-opening of our playgrounds, skate park, and fitness stations to the community as of Friday, October 9, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you all for your patience. Now that Santa Barbara County has moved into the Red Tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, we can reopen these facilities in accordance with new guidelines (see below).

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “We know the community has been eagerly awaiting the reopening of the City’s many great playgrounds, beloved skate park, and outdoor fitness stations. It has been a long six months without public access to these facilities, and we appreciate your patience. We encourage our community members to abide by the rules so that we can keep them open for our residents to enjoy.”

Park Facility Guidelines

  • Park facilities (playgrounds, skate park, fitness stations) are open during regular park hours: sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
  • Everyone two years old and older must wear a face covering that goes over their mouth and nose.
  • Maintain physical distance of six feet between individuals from different households and prevent crowding of children.
    • Do not use the playground, skate park, or fitness stations when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet on play structures, swings, and other playground equipment.
  • No food or drink are permitted on the playground, skate park, or fitness stations.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit.
  • Visit a playground at different times or days to avoid crowds and waits (peak hours tend to be weekday afternoons and weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
    • To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
  • Elderly individuals and people with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
  • Organized group activities that include people outside of your household are not permitted and should not use the playground.
  • Users of the skate park at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park must comply with all of the new guidelines and the safety guidelines that were in affect prior to COVID-19, which include wearing a helmet and safety pads.

Playgrounds will not be staffed, so we are relying on the community to abide by the guidelines above.

Your safety is important to us. Playgrounds will be cleaned three times per week. Since it is not possible to clean all playground surfaces between every user, please make sure every member of your group washes their hands or uses hand sanitizer before and after each playground visit. In addition to bringing face coverings with you, it is a good idea to bring hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes.

Thank you for complying with these guidelines in order to keep the facilities open.


Written by CityofGoleta

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