Goleta Beach Park
Reservable Areas: includes $15 non-refundable reservation fee.
Known for its long fishing pier and sunbathing beaches, these 29 acres are often a destination for bicyclists on the area's paved trail system. Between the lively restaurant and BBQ picnic areas are volleyball, horseshoes and children's playgrounds.
BBQ Grills, Beach Access, Benches or Picnic Tables, Bike Trails, Bird Watching, Boating, Fishing, Group Picnic Areas, Horseshoes, Playground, Restaurant or Snacks, Restrooms, Swimming, art in the park, seasonal lifeguards.
The 1,500-foot pier in Goleta Beach County Park provides boaters, fishermen, and families out for a stroll, an engaging view of the Pacific coast. The Goleta Pier boat launch is available for public use on weekends and holidays. The park's resident ranger must be in attendance to facilitate the launch. To make arrangements call (805) 967-1300 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The launch fee is $15.00 ($9.00 for seniors).
Goleta Beach User Survey:
The Goleta Beach Recreational User Survey was performed over five weekend days in March and April of 2015 and randomly polled 494 visitors enjoying Goleta Beach County Park during 40 hours of survey work. The survey was conducted for the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department, Parks Division, under the auspices of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council. The Parks Division has a long standing history of providing outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at Goleta Beach County Park. For information about the use of Goleta Beach Park check out the following video: https://youtu.be/r1zpgeW9UfE
Goleta Beach Project:
The Goleta Beach Project is currently scheduled for a hearing on May 13,2015 before the California Coastal Commission on the Coastal Development Permit application. The following press release was issued today. Public comments can be submitted in writing to GoletaBeachRevetment@coastal.ca.gov or by mail to the Coastal Commission District Office at 89 S. California Street, Ventura, CA 93001. For the direct link to the CCC staff report: http://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2015/5/w22a-5-2015.pdf
In October 2011, the County Community Services Department
submitted applications to the County Planning and Development
Department (P&D) for a Development Plan and Coastal Development
Permit for a project aimed at protecting Goleta Beach County Park
from erosion and storm damage. The County park provides
valuable coastal-dependent and coastal-related recreation to over
1.5 million visitors annually. The proposed project serves to
protect facilities at the heavily used park by permanently
retaining approximately 1,200 linear feet of existing buried rock
revetments. Retention of the existing revetments is based on the
insignificant adverse impacts to coastal processes at Goleta Beach
County Park and down-coast beaches in the foreseeable future as
noted in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) completed in 2014,
and the beneficial impacts that retention of the revetment would
have on continued public use of the beach and upland park
facilities. No additional physical alterations would occur at
Goleta Beach as part of this project, and no additional shoreline
protection would be installed. For information on the status of the
project, please check the following link:
In 1949, the Federal Government granted Goleta Beach Park to Santa Barbara County. In 1953, the County granted the Park to the State of California. The State granted it back to the County in 1970.
From Hwy 217 leading to the Santa Barbara Airport and UCSB, exit at Sandspit road. Or from Hollister Avenue, take Fairview Avenue to Sandspit Road. Bike paths lead to the park, and city buses stop here.
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