EPIC! Capital Campaign

Elings Park is the largest community-supported non-profit public park in America. More than 200,00 visitors use the 230-acre park annually.

Most visitors are unaware that the park is operated by a non-profit foundation that relies on user fees, donations, grants and community goodwill. No City or County monies are used for the Park’s upkeep or improvements.

For decades, generous donations and user fees have met the difficult challenge of funding the Park’s annual operating costs. But user fees alone have not been sufficient to finance major infrastructure, deferred maintenance, habitat restoration, and capital improvement projects.

Now, after almost 50 years of active use, the Park needs a number of essential updates to keep it healthy, safe, and relevant for the future.

In 2019, the Elings Park Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimously to undertake the $10 million EPIC campaign to rebuild, refurbish, modernize, and strengthen the Park’s aging infrastructure.

Twenty percent of each capital gift is allocated to endowment for park maintenance.

Completed

  • Entry roads and parking lots paved and striped
  • Speed humps added
  • New sidewalks built
  • Sandstone walls hand-built
  • Softball Field bathrooms renovated
  • Soccer Field bathrooms renovated
  • Warm-water dog washing station installed
  • Trail upgrades
  • Entry, Veterans’ Memorial Walk, and Jerry Harwin Parkway relandscaped with California native plants
  • More than 250 native coast live oak and island oak trees planted
  • 3,000+ native plants planted
  • Water well reactivated
  • LED lighting installed in tennis courts
  • New Disc Golf Course installed

Coming Soon

  • New entry kiosk
  • Los Positas Tennis Center renovation
  • Cappello Playground update
  • Two new Signature Playgrounds developed
  • More trail improvements
  • Godric Grove landscaping re-fresh
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Why Support Elings Park

Your support is needed
to help build Elings Park’s future

We’ve made it easy for you to support EPIC! Donate here or contact us to our discuss current needs and naming opportunities. Contact Marinella Baker at mbaker@elingspark.org or (805) 569-5611.

Are you a tennis lover? A generous anonymous donor will match donations to the Los Positas Tennis Center renovations dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. Double your impact by earmarking your donation to the EPIC! Tennis Center Matching Grant.

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Los Positas Tennis Center
Renovation Update

With recent gifts and pledges, we’ve raised $1.9 million of the $3.2 million required to renovate the Tennis Center – that’s 60%. Help us raise the balance so the nine-month renovation can begin in September 2022.

Good news: the Building Permits for the renovation have been issued.

Also good news: New LED court lighting already has been installed, which improves court lighting to a collegiate level and reduces energy costs by 75%.

Renderings of Tennis Center Renovation Plans

Improvements from the renovation will include new restrooms, patios, terrace seating, shaded gathering areas, BBQ, drinking fountain, and shade trellis. All courts will be accessible to people with disabilities and meet ADA accessibility guidelines. There will be a new parking lot, paving, landscaping, plus improved security and better site lighting.

Won’t you help us get underway? Your donation helps to improve the tennis experience at Elings Park.

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Foundation Support for EPIC!

EPIC! is more than halfway towards its $10 million goal. Thank you to the generous foundations who have blazed the trail, including:

Ann Jackson Foundation
Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation
Brittingham Family Foundation
Emmet Foundation
Hutton Parker Foundation
June Outhwaite Foundation
MacDonald Family Foundation
Mosher Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Trek Bicycle Foundation

Leadership

EPIC! Capital Campaign Co-Chairs
Bruce Giffin
Lauren Katz

EPIC! Campaign Steering Committee
Joe Andrulaitis
Patty Bryant
Veronica Buck
Marcia Constance
Rick Lehman
Matthew Morphy
Holly Pieretti
Abe Powell
Marshall Rose
Peter Schuyler
Mike Tarpey
Lew Venegas

EPIC! Honorary Advisory Council
Bob Bryant
Joe Cole
Marcia Constance
Tooey Courtemanche
Jeff and Eun-Ju Elings
Janet Garufis
Gregg Hart
Palmer Jackson, Jr.
Abe Powell
Joanne Rapp
Marshall Rose
Peter Schuyler
Greg Tebbe
Anne Towbes

EPIC! Campaign Coordinator
Marinella Baker

EPIC! Campaign Counsel
The Kellogg Organziation

Elings Park Foundation Board of Directors
Patty Bryant, President
Trish Allen
Joe Andrulaitis
J. Gordan Auchincloss
John Britton
Marcia Constance
Virgil Elings
Bruce Giffin
Lauren Katz
Jennifer Oakley
Belita Ong
Holly Pieretti
Catherine Remak
Robert Schmidt
Mike Tarpey
Lew Venegas
Dallas Verhagen
Jill Zachary, City Parks Director

Executive Director
Dean Noble

Infrastructure Committee
Trish Allen
Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting Services, Inc.
Joe Andrulaitis
Andruliatis & Mixon Architecture
Bruce Giffin
Giffin & Crane General Contractors, LLC, Ret.
Robert Schmidt
Flowers & Associates Engineerings
Lew Venegas
Granite Construction, Ret.

Directors Emeriti
Carolyn Pesnell Amory
Will Beall
Marty Blum
Sharon Bradford
Barry Cappello
Bill Cirone
Fred Clough
Michael Fauver
Roger Horton
Richard Johns
Eric Kanowsky
Lauri Leighty
Art Merovick
Chapin Nolen
Mike Noling
Nancy Rapp
Keith Schofield
Danny Vickers
Joanie Zacher

In Memorium
George Bliss
Debbie Davison
Patrick DeYoung
Bob  Flowers
Jeanne Graffy
Jerry Harwin
Steve Katz
Bernie Krakower
General F. Michal Rogers
Katie O’Reilly Rogers
Mike Warren

EPIC! Is Underway