In the current climate of state and county budget cuts, private support for our region’s open space is more important than ever. Through the Santa Barbara County Park Foundation, concerned citizens and organizations can help sustain and improve our communal spaces, and contribute to public projects ranging from art installations to trails to park facilities—even the acquisition of new parks and open space. Below is a list of projects in which the Foundation has been involved.

Find one that interests you? Have an idea for improvements to your favorite park? Email us and see how you can bring your talents to the table for these local endeavors!

Art Installations

shapeimage_3Arroyo Burro Beach Coastal Overlook
This unique art installation by noted artist Scott Peterson will provide  viewing platforms that appear to “grow” from rock outcroppings, allowing visitors to take in sweeping views of the ocean and the Channel Islands. Now 90% complete, there are giving opportunities towards a viewing scope and interpretive panels.
shapeimage_4Isla Vista “Sea Look Out” Park
In 1986 renowned environmental artist Lloyd Hamrol installed large cedar   seating structures at this neighborhood park on a bluff overlooking the   ocean. After more than 20 years of use and exposure to the elements the   wood is showing its age. Help raise the funds to restore these whimsical  and popular structures.
shapeimage_5San Marcos Foothills Preserve
This recently acquired 200-acre preserve overlooking Santa Barbara is undergoing preparation of a management plan to provide for public access  and environmental and cultural education. The plan includes the development of trails, signage and an outdoor visitor center that will have a “light footprint” on the land. Learn more at

Preservation and Park Development

shapeimage_6Point Sal Reserve
Now reopened under a new access agreement with Vandenberg Air Force Base, Point Sal is the most rugged and least accessible county park. Help to preserve this unique reach of California’s coastline.
shapeimage_7Santa Barbara Courthouse Grounds and Sunken Gardens
Our county courthouse grounds are impeccably maintained by Santa Barbara County Parks, frequently hosting community events such as the Foundation’s free summer film series. Working with the Courthouse Legacy Foundation, the Park Foundation will establish an endowment to fund much needed pruning and landscape improvements.


shapeimage_8Friends of Waller Park
One of our flagship parks, located in Santa Maria, is the beneficiary of the volunteer efforts of the Friends of Waller Park. Get involved in establishing an endowment to enhance the maintenance of this gracious park.