Countywide Recreation Master Plan

Take our Recreation Needs Survey

Let us know what you need to play, run, bike, hike, camp, and get outdoors in your community by taking our quick survey – available in English and Spanish.

We want to know how you recreate and what you need to improve your experience. Please share this survey with family, friends, and anyone you know who is interested in recreation in Santa Barbara County.

If you have children, please consider our brief Kids Survey See our project website for more information and updates:

Project Description

The Community Development Department, Parks Division is preparing a Countywide Recreation Master Plan. This project will provide a strategic planning program for parks, trails, and recreation facilities throughout Santa Barbara County. The Master Plan will assess existing facilities, address unmet recreation needs, identify a range of recreation improvements, and foster coordination and cooperation between the County, cities, agencies within the County, and non-profit and private recreation service providers. Key goals include increased interagency cooperation and potentially shared funding programs for needed parks and recreation facilities. The Master Plan will allow the County and participating agencies to better compete for project funding, including California Proposition 68 grant funding, and to streamline required environmental review.

Project Status

Following a Countywide Recreation Summit held in June 2019 to bring together park and recreation leadership from agencies and key stakeholders countywide, the County initiated the Master Plan in August 2019. The first step of the Master Plan process involves interagency coordination to analyze existing conditions and prepare a recreational needs assessment based on robust community outreach and demographic information. This process will provide the basis for developing Master Plan goals, recommended improvements and programs, and an implementation and funding strategy.

A Steering Committee will meet regularly throughout the project. See Upcoming Events calendar below. Public outreach has started, including launching a project website and hosting "pop up" events. See the schedule in the graphic below to attend an event in your community.


  • Winter/Spring 2021: Public Survey and Workshops
  • Summer 2021: Recreational Needs Assessment
  • Fall 2021: Draft Recreation Master Plan
  • Winter 2022: CEQA Environmental Review
  • Spring 2022: Meetings and Hearings
  • Summer 2022: Final Recreation Master Plan and Adoption

Stay Involved

The Master Plan will be informed through several public outreach events. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about opportunities to participate.





Steering Committee Meeting No. 3
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Microsoft Teams
Agenda Packet
Meeting Notes
Steering Committee Meeting No. 2
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Microsoft Teams
Agenda Packet
Meeting Notes
Steering Committee Meeting No. 1
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Industrial Eats
181 Industrial Way
Buellton, CA 93427
Agenda Packet
Meeting Notes
Parks Summit
June 27, 2019
  1. June 27 Summit Agenda
  2. Summit Bios for Speakers
  3. Doug Houston Presentation – State Legislative Update
  4. Sedrick Mitchell Presentation – Prop 68
  5. Jeff Lindgren and Wood Presentation – Master Plan

Contact Information

Jeff Lindgren, Parks Superintendent, Santa Barbara County Parks Division
Phone: (805) 568-2475

Additional Information

Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 (Proposition 68)