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“Hard pressed to think of a better dog park”
Review of Elings Park

Elings Park
Ranked #83 of 188 things to do in Santa Barbara
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Owner description: Elings Park is the largest privately funded public park in America. Built on land reclaimed from a city landfill, includes soccer and softball fields, a hill for paragliding, hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and venues for weddings and other special events.
Reviewed May 9, 2016

We've traveled with our German Shepard mix and have yet to see a space with more charm to both dogs and their peeps. It has a complex of baseball fields with fencing beyond the outfield that creates an outer ring of lawns, trees, bushes, sandy hillsides, slopes with trees, and stations with free poop bags and even water fountains for dogs. You never have to worry that your chucker will lob the ball in someone's yard outside the park. Up the staircase to the soccer fields and more play areas. Up the stairs from that gives access to trails that meander all over the hills perched above Santa Barbara's beaches, and you are still in the park. In the other direction a road leads up to event venues that feature Italian Stone Pines, manicured oaks shading a vast deck, an amphitheater, tasteful stonework, more views, lush lawns, art and lots of benches. A walk that honors Vietnam War vets travels the face of a hillside that gives views of the ball fields and the ocean while walking past bougainvillea and lizards sunning themselves. Park management charges an annual fee for dogs to use the park and requires proof of rabies vaccine. As a result, people are responsible and dog fights are rare.

Thank Donna L
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Loved the softball area. Not enough shade, need to bring your tents and lots of sunscreen. Parking can be a nightmare. Get there early!! Lots of activities going on there. We had to pay for parking. Some of us paid and no parking could be found. Refunds were given. Bathrooms were fairly clean and had been stocked both days there.

Thank Dapplelady
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Para-sailing, BMX bikes, radio-controlled cars are all advertised as featuring and the facilities are all there, complete with a small stadium for the BMX bikes ; however, the two times we visited we only saw the para-sailing because organization appeared to be very poor, with websites lacking specific dates for activities, and phone contacts appeared to be equally ignorant of activity schedules.

Thank nepenthium
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Whether or not you are into non-powered flight, Elings Park makes for a wonderful visit for watching non-powered flight, or even participating in paragliding, solo or tandem. This is one of the Gem's of Santa Barbara and I don't know of another American City that has a paragliding, hang gliding park available within the City. It is also a fun place to bring a lunch and watch folks fly.

Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Next to the ocean, lots of open space with views and activities like mountain biking, para sailing, hiking. There are sports fields soccer and baseball.

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