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Chase Palm Park

Any city dweller would delight in having a park like this nearby: 10 acres on the coast with fountains, creeks, a lagoon, carousel, snack bar, and skateboard area, and a playground modeled after an ocean schooner from the turn of the 19th century. Chase Palm Park runs along on both sides of Cabrillo Boulevard. On the ocean side is a soccer field and a bicycle/pedestrian path, lined with palm trees, that runs along the back of East Beach. On summer Sundays, an arts and crafts show is set amongst the palms. A City-sponsored free summer concert series takes place at the Great Meadow, an expansive lawn on the landward side of the boulevard, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. Chase Palm Park Center, on the park’s ocean side, can be rented for meetings and parties. Accessible paths meander through well-tended landscaped areas, benches encircle a fountain, and accessible shaded picnic tables overlook the lagoon and its waterfall. An accessible bridge with decorative rails crosses Laguna Creek, which was once part of a wetland that extended over what is now east Santa Barbara.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Accessible Parking: Yes

A fee lot just west of Garden Street has accessible spaces. Each of two unnamed park entry roads—one off Garden Street, the other east of Garden Street off Cabrillo Boulevard—has a free accessible space.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At lagoon and across from shipwreck playground 

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

By lagoon

Other Things of Interest

On the ocean side of the park you can pick up the Cabrillo Beachway, a bicycle/pedestrian path that runs for nearly three miles along the shoreline, from Andree Clark Bird Refuge to Leadbetter Beach.

An electric shuttlebus serving Santa Barbara’s waterfront (10 am-6 pm year-round) stops at Chase Palm Park; see the Metropolitan Transit District for schedules.
Shipwreck playground
Shipwreck playground (Bonnie Lewkowicz )

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  • particularly good for families
  • picnic

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation
Address: 236 East Cabrillo Blvd., Chase Palm Park Center, Santa Barbara
Nearest City: Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 564-5418
Hours: Sunrise to 10 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: MTD Santa Barbara 
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, August 8, 2008
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