Elings Park
Elings Park
4.5
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Elings Park is the largest privately funded public park in America. Built on land reclaimed from a city landfill, includes soccer and softball fields, a hill for paragliding, hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and venues for weddings and other special events.
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Cary L
San Diego, CA694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This public park on the north side of Santa Barbara has wonderful views toward the ocean and the mountains, as well as across the city. The park also has playing fields, trails, and other recreational facilities, but the views are what make it special. Follow the road to the very top, park there, and walk a little further for a special experience.
Written 10 November 2021
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Denny W
Santa Barbara, CA79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
For a game of soccer or softball with tables for families and teams to share a meal, this beautiful hill-top park has a city-view arena and ocean-view hiking. My grandkids enjoy looking for lizards!
Written 3 February 2019
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Anabel-2013
Santa Barbara, CA178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This is a hidden gem and always a surprise for locals as well as visitors with the expansive views of the magnificent mountains. So many think of Santa Barbara for its seascapes , but the real pleasure is the mountain range that is part of Los Padres National Forest and separates the coastal settlements from the interior Santa Ynez valley.
Written 16 September 2018
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HappyTrails12345
Santa Barbara, California105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
What a lovely place for a stroll! We drove up the road from Las Positas all the way to the top of the hill, then went walking and exploring from there. The trails wind all around and I had no idea of the variety of views one could get from here - out to the Santa Barbara waterfront from one direction, out to the mountains from another direction, out towards Arroyo Burro from another. The trails are shaded by trees and it is so relaxing to walk here. We saw a place for BBQs, another beautiful area that looks like it would be perfect for weddings or other outdoor events, sports fields down below, and over towards the west we saw people hiking and biking and walking their dogs on trails on the next hill over. It was the perfect time and perfect weather for walking around, and we did see other people enjoying the park, but it was not crowded at all. If you come around sunset time you don't see the sun set into the ocean, but the changing of colors in all the different views that you see from this hill is a beauty that takes your breath away. What a beauty this park is!
Written 20 June 2018
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55Mickey
San Francisco, CA305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
Isnt it a special treat to be able to go to a beautiful safe place to enjoy nature in the heart of a beautiful city. Well here it is for the taking, Elings Park is waiting for you!
Written 7 December 2017
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sssnancysss
Auburn, CA644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is a huge park, with many sport fields and a correspondingly large parking lot. But if you are not headed to a specific game, follow the single-lane road that continues up to the top of the hill. From one direction you can see the ocean and from the other Santa Barbara. It’s a charming park with many trees. The day we visited, there were only a few people, but this is a popular wedding site, so it could be more crowded.
Written 25 April 2017
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747jfg
Davis, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Nice ocean views from the upper park. You can access by care on steepish road or hike from Cliff Drive near Arroyo Burro beach. Some excellent moderate to technical short mountain bike trails run through the park. When the wind is right, one can watch the paragliders and hang-gliders or if you have the skills you can do it yourself.
Written 8 April 2017
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jfsquared2016
Sutter, CA3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, we attended a beautiful wedding for my cousin at Godric Grove in Elings Park, Santa Barbara. The day was great until I went back to our car, parked in the parking lot, to change my coat. When I opened up the back of
our van, I found that our suitcase was gone, alone with a duffel bag. Our kids suitcases were still there. There was not any damage to the van and we are sure we locked the van. It made for an interesting evening, running around Santa Barbara for toiletries for the night. If you visit Godric Grove, I recommend you don't leave anything in your car. We made a police report, but don't expect to hear back. We were later told that same evening, that another family attending the wedding had their luggage stolen also.
Written 26 February 2017
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DiverDaveMinneapolis
Saint Paul, MN215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Elings Park at the west end of Santa Barbara off Los Positas is one of the most scenic spots in Santa Barbara. I would recommend picking up a trail map at the Ranger Office halfway up the large hill. Hike the trails leading from the Ranger Office toward the sea. Make sure that you have your camera handy. Then drive (or walk) to the upper park for tremendous views of the downtown area, the ocean and the mountains to the north. If you can be in the upper park at sunset, you will be in for a special treat. Enjoy!
Written 17 February 2017
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Steen H
Spokane, WA102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Elings Park has something for everyone. It is family friendly, dog friendly, bike friendly and horse friendly. Oh yes and parasailing friendly. Gorgeous views.
Written 14 November 2016
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