Isla Vista Parks and Open Spaces

Despite its small size, there are over twenty-five parks, beach access points, and open  spaces in Isla Vista, in between streets and on bluff tops. While most parks are owned by the Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District, some are owned by the county of Santa Barbara. Isla Vista residents enjoy the parks as a source of recreational activities, and as a space to hold community meetings and events.

Anisq’Oyo’ Park

park01On Embarcadero Del Mar road. Behind Embarcadero Hall. Between Silvergreens
and Rosarito restaurants.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: bwilliams@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Anisq’Oyo’ park is the first community-instituted park in Isla Vista. It possesses a rustic windmill, which is a historical landmark. It also has a large pond and amphitheater. (children’s playground)

Camino Corto Open Space

park02Borders on the streets El Colegio and Camino Corto.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Camino Corto is distinguished by its restored native plants and vernal pools, a bridge and educational signs.

Camino Pescadero Park

park03On the corner of Del Playa Dr. and Camino Pescadero.

Owned by: County of Santa Barbara
Groundskeeper: bwilliams@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Signs at the park that inform park uses of the historic al use of the Santa Barbara Channel by the Chumash. There is also walkways to the beach, native
plantings, benches, ; Childrpicnic tables, a drinking fountain, interpretive signs, and an outdoor shower.

Children’s Park

park04On the corner of Picasso Rd. and Camino Del Sur.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: cvelasco@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: There is sandy play equipment, benches, a covered gazebo, and a handball court at Children’s Park. There are also restrooms, a rentable barberque, and open space.

Del Playa Open Space

park05On the corner of Camino Majorca and Del Playa Rd.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: There is a vernal pool area at the Del Playa open space. It is 8.21 acres in size, made up of both county and district owned properties.

Del Sol Vernal Pool Reserve

park06Borders El Colegio Rd. and Camino Corto.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: bcollison@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Del Sol Vernal Pool Reserve is approximately 12 acres in
size, and possesses restored native plants, vernal pools, nature trails, and educational
signs.

Estero Park

park07Situated between Camino Corto and Camino Del Sur roads.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District

Gaffney Park

park08On Del Playa Rd., in between the cross streets of Camino Majorca and Camino Corto.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: cvelasco@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Gaffney is an open area, adjacent to the county-owned sea lookout park, with vernal pools.

Greek Park

park09On the corner of Embarcadero Del Norte and Segovia Rd.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District.
Groundskeeper: cvelasco@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Greek park has a concrete gathering area, picnic tables, and  volleyball courts. Greek system in Isla Vista use this park for their fundraising events and volleyball tournaments.

Kid’s Trail

park10At UCSB West Campus. On the corner of Fortuna Rd. and Camino Majorca.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: bwilliams@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: The kid’s trail provides children and teachers with a car-free pathway to and from IV Elementary school and to the beach.

Little Acorn Park

park11On the corner of Sabado Tarde Rd. and El Embarcadero Rd.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jay@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Little Acorn park is composed of a grassy open area with benches and a bocce ball court. It also contains a memorial to the 2001 Isla Vista tragedy.

Pardall Gardens

park12On the corner of Pardall Rd. and Embarcadero Del Norte.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: cvelasco@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Pardall Gardens has picnic tables, and is located near the main  street in Isla Vista.

Pelican Park

park13NEAR the corner of Del Playa Dr. and El Embarcadero Rd.

Owned by: County of Santa Barbra
Groundskeeper: jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Colorful signs which describe marine wildlife, stone couches, art features, ping-pong table.

People’s Park

park14South of Anisq’Oyo’ park, alongside Embarcadero Hall.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jay@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: People’s park has an open lawn and picnic benches, along with a practice basket for the Isla Vista Peace Disk Golf Course.

Perfect Park

park15On the corner of Trigo Rd. and Embarcadero Del Norte.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: bwilliams@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Perfect park has a Peace Monument to commemorate past peace activism there. Picnic tables.

 

Rottappel Park

park17This park is on Del Playa Dr., in between the cross streets of Camino Del Sur and Camino Corto.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: bwilliams@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: This is a narrow open space.

Sea Lookout Park

park16On the corner of Del Playa Dr. and Camino Corto.

Owned by: County of Santa Barbara
Groundskeeper: Contact@sbparks.org
Distinctive Features: Sea lookout park contains a volleyball court and wooden sunning decks. This is the largest ocean-side park in Isla Vista. (off-leash park)

Sueño Orchard

On Sueño Rd. and Camino Del Sur.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District.
Groundskeeper:  jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Sueño park is known for its flowers, greenery, and over 30 kinds of trees. It is also the beginning of the Isla Vista Peace Disc Golf Course.

Sueño Park

On Sueño Rd., in between the cross-streets of Camino Pescadero and Camino Del Sur.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jay@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: Sueño park contains playground equipment and picnic tables made with recycled materials.

Tierra de Fortuna Park

Located at the end of Fortuna Rd.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: This park includes a vine-covered gazebo, picnic tables, drinking fountains, playground equipment, and a well-known large dinosaur.

Tipi Village

Adjacent to Estero park community gardens.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jlemus@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: There is a large canopy of oak trees, along with disc golf baskets.

Trigo-Pasado Park

On Pasado Rd., in between the cross-streets of Camino Pescadero and Camino Del Sur. (runs between)

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: jay@ivparks.org
Distinctive Features: 11 foot climbing bolder. Serves as a pathway between Trigo and Pasado roads.

Walter Capps Park

On the corner of Del Playa Dr. and Camino Del Sur.

Owned by: County of Santa Barbara
Groundskeeper: Contact@sbparks.org
Distinctive features: Walter Capps Park is an open space.

Window to the Sea

On the corner of Del Playa Dr. and Camino Del Sur.

Owned by: Isla Vista Recreation and Park District
Groundskeeper: Contact@sbparks.org
Distinctive Features: Two-seater swing overlooking the ocean.