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.
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Elings Park Supporters,
When our community rallies – look out!
Have you visited Elings Park lately?
In 2021, we paved and striped our entry roads and parking lots, added speed humps, new sidewalks, gutters and built sandstone walls. Thanks to generous donors to the EPIC! Capital Campaign.
We have a new entry and coming soon are nearly 200 native California coast live oaks and island oak along Jerry Harwin Parkway. Thank you to the City of Santa Barbara and an anonymous donor.
We had a record 1,000+ players on 75+ teams playing three seasons of softball. Thank you to teams and sponsors.
We refurbished the Sierra Club Trail and installed state of the art owl boxes. Thank you to Montecito Bank & Trust, Cuyama Lamb, S&S Seeds, Channel Islands Restoration, and an anonymous donor.
More trail upgrades are to come. Thank you to Trek Bicycles and Sage Trail Alliance.
We had a total of 24 total weeks of sold-out camp programs and offered 32 scholarships to local kids. Thank you to Union Bank and SBART.
In October, we hosted a month-long running fundraiser to combat addiction. Thank you to the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and Summit for Danny team.
Have you enjoyed our “kids-free” Evenings at Elings summer concerts? Thank you to En Fuego Events, Firestone Walker, Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Pato Banton, and Cornerstone.
We also brought culture back to the Godric Grove Amphitheater, thanks to Opera Santa Barbara, and Santa Clarita Baroque Ensemble.
Youth Tennis continued to expand in partnership with the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons and local high schools.
EPDOG members can look forward to a refurbished Veterans Memorial Walkway, improved trails, and new members-only events in 2022.
The new year will also bring more Evenings at Elings, Shakespeare, Ghosts Along the Coast, refurbished trails, refurbished Tennis Center, Peer Buddies Social Inclusion Camp, Alternatives to Violence Project, Pacific Pride Foundation, Ocean Hills Church, Graduations, weddings, dance, NICA Youth Mountain Biking, Fiesta in the Grove Youth Flamenco, and much more.
We are a private non-profit park (501c3) that does not receive any support from the City or County.
Help us make our goal of raising $100,000 before the end of 2021 with a fully tax-deductible gift to the Elings Park Foundation.
Every gift, at any level, to this beautiful park will make a tremendous impact in our unique Santa Barbara community.
Dean Noble, executive director