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Goleta Pier is now open for anglers and pedestrians.


Nojoqui Trail is closed due to mudslide.


The Courthouse clock tower will be closed from January 2015 through Summer 2015. The county is expanding the elevator to the tower so there will be access for all.  The public will be unable to access this area for photos or viewing during construction.


Rice Ranch Specific Plan,  2014 Draft Trails Plan 


Pardon Our Dust at Ocean Beach ParkDuring the next 4-5 weeks, access to picnic tables will be limited or completely inaccessible.  We are in the process of restoring the picnic area, restroom, playground, and vegetation at this tranquil location.  The picnic tables should be available by Mid-November with the rest to be completed by the end of the year.  There may be noise, dust, and temporary partial closures of certain areas while the work is in progress, so we thank you in advance for your patience.  If you have comments or questions, please send an e mail to with the Subject title “Ocean Park, Lompoc.”


Click here to view the letter discussing the outcome of the August 21st public meeting and the County's position on the fencing in Isla Vista.

Goleta Pier Partially Open Goleta Pier is partially open for visitors, tourists and anglers.  A small area of the damaged pier is fenced off for safety but the public has access to the full length of the pier.  The pier remains closed to boat launches.  Structural analysis and engineering to repair the pier is complete.  Pier repairs are expected to begin mid to late September and be complete in mid to late October.  Updated: 7/22/14

Cachuma Lake Given Maximum Protection from Invasive Species: Santa Barbara County Extends Vessel Quarantine to 30 Days.   The County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department Parks Division has received Board of Supervisor’s approval to increase protection from aquatic invasive species at Cachuma Lake. Staff will be enforcing a 30 day vessel quarantine on all trailered vessels entering Cachuma Lake, which is an extension of the current 14 day quarantine period.  A longer quarantine period provides additional protections against the invasive species. There are two exceptions to the new quarantine policy: 1) Vessels that already have a Cachuma Lake boat launch security tag will not have to be inspected, and 2) kayaks and canoes will be allowed to launch after passing the inspection program and power wash. With more stringent quarantine protocols the lake can continue recreational boating. Please view the entire Cachuma Lake 30-Day Quagga Protocol press release here.  View detailed boat launch protocols here.

The George Rhoads Windamajig kinetic sculpture at Goleta Beach is undergoing restoration.  The sculpture was temporarily removed on April 7, 2014, and is anticipated to be back at Goleta Beach in six weeks.  After over twenty years of exposure to the marine environment, the Windamajig rotating arms, chimes and mechanicals will undergo repairs, restoration and receive fresh paint.  Restoration is funded by a partnership between a private foundation that supports public art and the Santa Barbara County Art Commission. 

Tobacco-Free Parks Ordinance Implementation - Read about it / See ordinance.

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