New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

New Santa Barbara Park Regulations title=
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations
Reads 6924

Source: City of Santa Barbara

Fans of City of Santa Barbara parks have a few new rules to keep in mind, all of which focus on making local parks safer and more enjoyable places to recreate. Three changes to the Santa Barbara Municipal Code, approved last month by the City Council, put consistent park hours in place, protect playgrounds as safe children’s play areas, and provide guidance on the use of portable barbecues in City parks.

“These changes are something we considered carefully, and we took into account feedback from the public when drafting the ordinance,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jill Zachary. “You won’t have to wonder when a park is open, because they all close at the same time now—a half hour after sunset. There are clear rules about who should be using designated children’s play areas, such as any of our 22 City playgrounds. And we created a simple standard so picnickers will know where they can use portable barbecues. Overall, the new rules are clear and consistent, and they should minimize confusion for everyone who enjoys using our parks.”

Park Hours

Beginning October 17, all parks—with a few exceptions—are open to the public from sunrise to half hour after sunset. Sunrise and sunset on any particular day as determined by the National Weather Service, making it easy to check online when planning a visit to the park.

The three parks that are exceptions to this rule are: Skofield Park, Franceschi Park, and Hilda McIntyre Ray Park. All have caretakers living on site, so gates will open in those three parks at 8:00 a.m. and close, as with all other parks, at a half hour after sunset.

Other exceptions are still made for permitted special events, recreational activities, and rentals. For instance areas with lighted sports fields, such as Cabrillo Ball Park, Dwight Murphy Field, Pershing Park, and the Municipal Tennis Courts, may be open after dark for approved activities.

Playground Use

Adults (18 and older) are only allowed to enter City playgrounds when accompanying a child 12 or younger. An exception to this rule is if an adult is accompanying a person aged 13 years and older with special needs.

By establishing rules limiting access to playgrounds by adults maximizes the usability of the equipment by children, reduces wear and tear, increases the longevity of the equipment, and supports safe play conditions.

Portable Barbecues

To provide safe and well maintained amenities for visitors new guidelines for portable barbecues and camp stoves usage have been established. Portable barbeques and camp stoves that are self-contained, enclosed with a lid, and raised at least six inches off a surface may be used in any park picnic table or on a City beach.

The exception is Parma Park, which does have a picnic area, but portable barbecues are not allowed in the park due to high wildfire danger.

Barbeque users must remove hot coals and ash from the park, unless a hot coal disposal receptacle is provided. Currently, three parks have hot coal disposal receptacles: Oak Park, Shoreline Beach Park, and Leadbetter Beach Park.

For additional information visit


To stay informed about this and other Parks and Recreation Department initiatives, sign up for our email list and follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Parks and Recreation Department

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department proudly maintains a wide range of parks, facilities, and programs designed to serve community needs.

The Department’s mission is to provide clean and safe parks, beaches, and recreation facilities; to enhance Santa Barbara’s beauty; to promote stewardship of resources; and to provide quality recreation, cultural experiences, and community services to improve quality of life for Santa Barbara residents.

Login to add Comments


Show Comments
JB86 Oct 24, 2019 05:58 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Santa Barbara keeps getting less and less fun or regular folks. Curfewing the parks is treating the symptoms, not the problems caused by the homeless. Now we see people wanting to ban bar-b-quing, as if banning vaping isn't silly enough. Next maybe ban pets, because some do their business there. Pretty soon, nobody wants to go there except the puritan=vegans. Then, why should taxpayers support parks if most people can't enjoy them? That's my rant for the week, thank you.

pstarSR Oct 24, 2019 07:55 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Did you read the same article i did? Because 1. Parks were already on curfew, always have been. A few had different hours for some reason and so they just made it universal overall. Less fun? Seems more like, smart move. Ban bbq? They literally say you can use portable ones, you just have to use a decent one, not a trashcan lid. So maybe want to re read the article again.

socal local Oct 24, 2019 10:07 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

allowing these people to disrespect our public spaces is part of the problem. We can not expect govt to monitor our society to the nth...

a-1571936708 Oct 24, 2019 10:05 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

The new rules give the police tools to use when they deem it necessary. I trust our officers not to enforce the rules frivolously. They don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to cite people for simply walking through.

a-1571899826 Oct 23, 2019 11:50 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Finally a common sense law that has an actual impact. The parks are scary place for kids- especially low income families that can’t go to the latest Iron Man 37 and for whom the park is a free place to play. Unfortunately they have to roll the dice one which homeless crazy will be sleeping under the monkey bars or asleep in the skate park at 7am before school as my kids have witnessed.

This is a good rule and no sense being cynical about it- the government is trying to take back our parks.

Bodyboarder73 Oct 23, 2019 11:29 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

How would know if the guy sitting on a bench, near a playground , isn't just a Dad, sitting on a bench, watching his kids play on the playground?

MyHonorStudentB Oct 23, 2019 09:30 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Keck Park has a fiddle music jam that goes late and has been there for decades. But overlooked by our brilliant city council. Don't think the SBPD is likely to bother it. Still, it goes to show how fundamentally dangerous to freedom legislators are. Who was it that said that 'no one is safe while the legislature is in session'?

midair Oct 23, 2019 10:31 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

If you had read a little more closely you would see that exceptions are made for "permitted special events, recreational activities, and rentals" so your "fiddle" music jam is safe. YEEEHAWWW

Ahchooo Oct 23, 2019 05:25 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

As with all laws, you can probably get away with breaking the rules if you aren’t noticed. An adult couple walking past a playground in the moonlight can take a twirl on the swings for a few minutes—I doubt they’ll be arrested.

a-1571868200 Oct 23, 2019 03:03 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

"Adults (18 and older) are only allowed to enter City playgrounds when" what defines the boundaries of a playground? I can understand not allowing the "use of playground equipment" but if I choose to sit on a bench that is considered within a playground am I at risk for a ticket or worse?

a-1571899160 Oct 23, 2019 11:39 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Pitmix, that's a good example of a boundaries playground but most parks don't have fences around the playground. I don't anticipate any problems as I don't frequent playgrounds but still, the idea that I am now limited in where I can go because of my age is bothersome.

420722 Oct 23, 2019 10:25 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Well, have you seen the statistics by gender when it comes to child rape/molestation? 91% of molestation to children and women is done by men. Kind of hard not to judge that guy with no kids near playground with those numbers. Sorry not sorry.

Ryan93105 Oct 23, 2019 07:37 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

How sad that the Chi-Lites' Have You Seen Her "One month ago today
I was happy as a lark
But now I go for walks
To the movies, maybe to the park
I have a seat on the same old bench
To watch the children play, huh
You know tomorrow is their future
But for me just another day
They all gather 'round me, huh
They seem to know my name
We laugh, tell a few jokes
But it still doesn't ease my pain" would be unacceptable today. Also that story about a gentleman who would consistently sit on a park bench watching kids play, and when accused of lurking to kidnap a child sobbingly responded "I only come here because that boy reminds me of the son I lost to cancer last year". Still, better safe than sorry I guess.

a-1571875477 Oct 23, 2019 05:04 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

If you're an adult female sitting on a bench in a playground, I doubt that will raise any alarms. However, if you're an adult male . . .

PitMix Oct 23, 2019 03:08 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

That area of Alameda park that is the kids' play area is off limits unless you have a child with you. You can sit anywhere you want in the rest of the park.

a-1571864033 Oct 23, 2019 01:53 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

As a parent I fully support these new laws. I'm sure Law Enforcement can use their discretion. But, at least this gives them another tool to keep out the vagrants.

Col Oct 23, 2019 01:06 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

So if I am walking by and want to sit down for a second and take a swing for a twirl for a moment or two I’m not allowed? Thats bs. Tax payer here. Discrimination.

a-1571888136 Oct 23, 2019 08:35 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

72TORINO - you're right, perhaps I didn't analyze my words carefully enough. Thing is, I have a life so I don't fret too much about clarifying things to trolls. Check out a local hobby shop if you're so bored....

a-1571875809 Oct 23, 2019 05:10 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

No-one is going to go up to a 13-year-old and ask for proof of age. These changes in the Santa Barbara Municipal Code are directed at keeping vagrants from sleeping in parks, keeping perverts away from the kiddie playgrounds/equipment and also telling people where they can use their own portable barbecues. There will be more than a bit of profiling taking place, seeing who looks disreputable and who doesn't, so far as being at the playground areas. Keep your fly zipped and don't take photos of kids who aren't your kids.

a-1571873764 Oct 23, 2019 04:36 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

72TORINO - so what? I don't need to explain to you everything I'm thinking. The point is, before you jump on someone's comment with your attitude, stop and think a little.

72torinomike Oct 23, 2019 04:29 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

@4:12. Your comment was that "My son is 13 and still likes playing on the playground with his little brother. Now he is breaking the law if he wants to play with his brother??" You did not say anything about you going to the playground in your earlier comment.

a-1571872376 Oct 23, 2019 04:12 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

72TORINO - Hey smartypants, "Adults (18 and older) are only allowed to enter City playgrounds when accompanying a child 12 or younger." That means, by reading carefully, that I can NOT go with my 13 year old son to the playground.

72torinomike Oct 23, 2019 02:43 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

@1:39 Read a little more carefully. Nothing in the rules prevents a 13 year old from playing on the playground.

a-1571863157 Oct 23, 2019 01:39 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

SEABIRD - yes, unless those kids are 13 or over. My son is 13 and still likes playing on the playground with his little brother. Now he is breaking the law if he wants to play with his brother?? This is total garbage!

PitMix Oct 23, 2019 01:28 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

That's how laws work, they can inconvenience you to the benefit of some other group. But most of us can see the benefit of limiting access to children by adults not related to them. I hereby give up my right to swing as outlined in the 34th amendment to the US Constitution.

Seabird Oct 23, 2019 01:20 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Playgrounds are for kids. Put a swing in your yard if you must. You can indulge your whim to twirl for as many moments as you like.

a-1571852405 Oct 23, 2019 10:40 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Too bad barbecues are allowed in any of the parks. No cigarette smoking or pot smoking is allowed. We shouldn’t be subjected to charcoal fumes, the nasty lighter fluid stench or wood smoke, either.

a-1571876061 Oct 23, 2019 05:14 PM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

If you can smell it, you're breathing it in. Smell that burnt wood smell? That's benzene and cancer-causing. No thanks.

PitMix Oct 23, 2019 11:58 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Fires are one of those given rights that they can't take away. I guess I would rather have people combusting in a park than in their backyard close to one of my open windows.

a-1571856683 Oct 23, 2019 11:51 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

10:40 - If the smell of outdoor cooking bothers you so much, you might want want to avoid the parks where everyone else is enjoying themselves, or you could wear an air filter mask. Not really fair to expect everyone else at the park to stop what most people enjoy just to accommodate you.

Roger Oct 23, 2019 10:20 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

Thank You Especially for the children who deserve to have a place to play and be children and not have to see things adults do especially not in their play structures like Kids World in Alameda Park. When I was a kid back in Hammond, Indiana the armpit of Chicago of all places no adults were allowed near playgrounds at all unless they were related to the child...Thanks, Again.

a-1571850551 Oct 23, 2019 10:09 AM
New Santa Barbara Park Regulations

In this town, special needs could most definitely be up for interpretation... where does one draw the line in the sand or wood chips?

Please Login or Register to comment on this.