Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

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Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey
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Source: Santa Barbara County Parks

Take our Recreation Needs Survey

Let us know what you need to play, run, bike, hike, camp, and get outdoors in your community by taking our quick survey – available in English and Spanish.

We want to know how you recreate and what you need to improve your experience. Please share this survey with family, friends, and anyone you know who is interested in recreation in Santa Barbara County.

If you have children, please consider our brief Kids Survey See our project website for more information and updates:

Project Description

The Community Development Department, Parks Division is preparing a Countywide Recreation Master Plan. This project will provide a strategic planning program for parks, trails, and recreation facilities throughout Santa Barbara County. The Master Plan will assess existing facilities, address unmet recreation needs, identify a range of recreation improvements, and foster coordination and cooperation between the County, cities, agencies within the County, and non-profit and private recreation service providers. Key goals include increased interagency cooperation and potentially shared funding programs for needed parks and recreation facilities. The Master Plan will allow the County and participating agencies to better compete for project funding, including California Proposition 68 grant funding, and to streamline required environmental review.

Project Status

Following a Countywide Recreation Summit held in June 2019 to bring together park and recreation leadership from agencies and key stakeholders countywide, the County initiated the Master Plan in August 2019. The first step of the Master Plan process involves interagency coordination to analyze existing conditions and prepare a recreational needs assessment based on robust community outreach and demographic information. This process will provide the basis for developing Master Plan goals, recommended improvements and programs, and an implementation and funding strategy.

A Steering Committee will meet regularly throughout the project. See Upcoming Events calendar below. Public outreach has started, including launching a project website and hosting "pop up" events. See the schedule in the graphic below to attend an event in your community.


  • Winter/Spring 2021: Public Survey and Workshops
  • Summer 2021: Recreational Needs Assessment
  • Fall 2021: Draft Recreation Master Plan
  • Winter 2022: CEQA Environmental Review
  • Spring 2022: Meetings and Hearings
  • Summer 2022: Final Recreation Master Plan and Adoption

Stay Involved

The Master Plan will be informed through several public outreach events. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about opportunities to participate.


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ParvoPup Jan 20, 2022 02:21 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

I suggest GPS implants in the score of newbie hikers who seem to get lost and or hurt on a weekly basis. That, or stage permanently staffed SAR kiosks along all trails originating from the Santa Barbara area.

sacjon Jan 20, 2022 02:26 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

We need a freshwater recreational small lake somewhere. Fishing, paddle boating, swimming, feeding the ducks, tai chi, etc. Like Zaca lake used to be.

Alexblue Jan 20, 2022 03:39 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

That should all be allowed at Cachuma. It' so unbelievably stupid that you can't have a human body swimming in the water but you can run an outboard and leak gas and oil.

ParvoPup Jan 20, 2022 04:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

Yahbut then your drinking water would be teeming with the covids, the cooties, traces of opioids, cocaine, molly and heaven knows what else. Humans are filthy animals after all.

sacjon Jan 20, 2022 05:02 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

Zero - oh I know, love that place! Maybe I should rephrase - we need a freshwater lake with decent fishing, etc. They ought to put a dock or something at LLC. Make it more accessible to everyone. Not all of us have float tubes!

Red Creek Jan 21, 2022 09:31 AM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

When trying to get the County to allow kayaking at Cachuma several years ago, we were told that the they were concerned about the liability of people drowning, and not having the income to staff a lake with people running around the lake needing to be rescued. However, someone decided to allow kayaking a few years ago. UCSB and a sculls school is operating there now and not too many of us have fallen out of our kayaks and sculls. Or needed to be rescued (although it is a tricky lake with strong afternoon winds and currents). Or at least we won't admit it. Apparently California law bans swimming in drinking water reservoirs. Many (most) reservoirs have steep sides and are considered dangerous for swimmers. But it would be nice to have a least one safe beach with a lifeguard. Perhaps some day reason will prevail (as it did for kayaking).

a-1642850706 Jan 22, 2022 03:25 AM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

Sac @ 2:26, honest question: How are those little lakes filled? How are they kept up so they don't become like the Bird Refuge (which I like)?
I should probably research Tom Modungo (hope I spelled that right!) for Lake Los Carneros history but honestly there are things I'd rather research and read.

a-1642875397 Jan 22, 2022 10:16 AM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

We could easily reflood the La Cumbre Lake (or whatever it was named) that existed just north of State Street and La Cumbre not too long ago. Bishop Diego would possibly flood or maybe just have frontage. This might be a good use for the processed sewage waste--it could percolate back into the aquifer.

devon Jan 21, 2022 11:12 AM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

The city/school district should provide community access to facilities like tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields, etc. when school is not is session.

Why make kids climb fences to shoot hoops? Who pays for this stuff?

EastBeach Jan 22, 2022 08:21 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

After the tennis courts at SBHS were resurfaced some years ago, parents started taking their kids to play floor hockey on the courts. You can imagine what the hockey sticks were doing to the courts which have a special/expensive surfacing finish. Shortly after the doors were locked outside school hours. I'd wager the school district doesn't have funding for frequent resurfacing.

lovesbalot Jan 21, 2022 08:30 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

Parking at Riven Rock Rd in Montecito near the trail head needs to be able to be able to allow the public access to the hotsprings and trails. Also improving parking at Tunnel Road by the trail head would also serve the community and the neighbors. Supporting Parks and Recs programs from not being cut , and maintaining their quality. Nature Camp used to have a sleep over night which my children loved. Sadly budgets cut that. Connecting kids with the outdoors like Wilderness Youth does would be great particularly if the city supported it financially. Being in nature is great for kids and adults. Also safe places with video cameras to lock up bikes downtown and popular spots so that theft is not so easy.

Basicinfo805 Jan 22, 2022 10:38 PM
Santa Barbara County Recreation Needs Survey

Here’s an idea. Use the parks we already have. They’re currently useless to most, specially families and the elderly because they’re full of homeless people who have nowhere else to go.

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