Countywide Recreation Master Plan

Project Description

The Community Development Department, Parks Division is facilitating the preparation of a Countywide Recreation Master Plan. The Countywide Recreation Master Plan will provide a strategic planning program to improve the network of 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, complimentary use of resources, and potentially shared funding programs to purposefully plan for needed parks and recreation facilities in the County. 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 under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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 would provide the basis for developing Master Plan goals, recommended improvements and programs, and an implementation and funding strategy.


  • Fall 2019 – Existing facilities assessment
  • Winter 2019/2020 – Recreational needs assessment
  • Spring 2020 – Draft Recreation Master Plan
  • Summer 2020 – CEQA Environmental Review
  • Fall/Winter 2020 – Final Recreation Master Plan

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 and key project milestones.

Contact Information

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


June 27, 2019, Parks Summit

  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

Additional Information

Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 (Proposition 68)