Parks and Recreation Department Plans to Reopen Playground in June, Suggests Alternative Playground Options for Children During Closure

SANTA BARBARA, CA (May 17, 2017)—Beginning May 30, the playground at Shoreline Park will be closed for replacement. The playground was last replaced in 2002, and is due for replacement according to the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department’s regular replacement schedule for playgrounds.

“We do like to add new playground features when we can, but in the case of Shoreline Park the community let us know they love this playground just the way it is,” said Rich Hanna, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director. “We think our loyal Shoreline fans will be happy when the playground reopens in June—the elements of the new playground will be very much the same.”

The new playground at Shoreline Park will be safety-rated for two- to five-year-olds and will provide all the features found in the original playground, but the existing rockers will be replaced with a spinner. The existing wooden swing set and the concrete dolphin and turtle will remain.

The Parks and Recreation Department invites families to visit one of the 21 other City playgrounds during the Shoreline Park playground replacement project. The playgrounds closest to Shoreline Park are as follows:

Los Baños del Mar Pool

401 Shoreline Drive

Playground rated for children ages 2-5

Bath Street Pocket Park

Corner of Bath and Ortega Streets

Playground rated for children ages 2-5

La Mesa Park

295 Meigs Road

Playground rated for children ages 5-12

For a complete list of City playgrounds, please visit

About Shoreline Park

Shoreline Park opened in 1968. It was established on land acquired in large part through a local ballot measure. The park, which is one of the City’s most popular park spaces, covers 15 acres and features large grassy areas, walking paths, views of the Channel Islands, a sister-city Japanese garden, and a stairway to the beach. Picnic and barbecue sites may be reserved by the public. The park is open from sunrise until 10:00 p.m., and there are public restrooms and parking on site. Shoreline Park is located along Shoreline Drive; the cross street closest to the playground is San Rafael Avenue.

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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