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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, January 22, 2016

La Mesa Park Playground Now Open

SANTA BARBARA, CA—January 8, 2016—The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the playground at La Mesa Park is now open. The playground, closed by the Department for a replacement project beginning in November 2015, provides a play area for children ages five through 12 plus swings and spring bouncers for younger children. Although the ground is damp from the recent rains, the Department invites families to visit the park and enjoy the new playground equipment starting today.

“Playgrounds are a very important community resource, and playground maintenance is a top priority for the City of Santa Barbara. Parks and Recreation replaces playground equipment regularly,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jill Zachary. “We look forward to seeing families enjoying themselves at the La Mesa Park playground again.”

About La Mesa Park

Located at 295 Meigs Road next to the lighthouse, this lush, nine-acre neighborhood park features a playground for five- to twelve-year-olds, reservable picnic sites, towering trees, and a short walk to an ocean view. La Mesa Park has public bathrooms and an on-site parking lot; the park is open from sunrise to 10:00pm.

Park Safety

In light of the coyote sightings around La Mesa Park during the past few months, the City of Santa Barbara encourages all park visitors to be aware of their surroundings and stay away from any wildlife they may encounter in the park. As the City continues to monitor the situation and look for long-term solutions, informational signs in La Mesa Park are posted for safe park behavior; these guidelines are also available online at http://bit.ly/SBParksAndRec-CoyotesAndParkSafety.

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 the needs of the community.

The mission of the Department 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 and cultural experiences and community services to improve the quality of life for Santa Barbara residents.

To find out more about the Department, please follow us on social media, visit our website, or call us at (805) 564-5418.

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