In 2011 the City purchased a 4-acre site near the corner of Hollister and Kellogg Avenues for the purpose of developing an active recreation park there. Click here for a full timeline on what's happened since 2011.
Purpose and Need
It has been a desire of the City to increase the amount of active recreation space within Old Town Goleta for many years and is an identified need within the City’s strategic plan. With the purchase of this four acre parcel , this goal will become a reality.
The City recently received a grant of $910,000 from the Proposition 84 funds. In addition, the City received a $10,000 grant from the Davenport Institute for the public engagement process. Additional sources of funding are currently being identified.
At the July 18th, 2017 City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the final design for Hollister/Kellogg Park at Hollister and South Kellogg Avenues in Old Town. Read the full Staff Report and view the presentation here.
The revised final design of the four-acre park includes a larger play area, four unisex restrooms, larger storage for playground equipment, a reconfigured bike path and splash pad. Design plans have evolved since the city first purchased the lot at 170 South Kellogg Avenue for a new Old Town park. Among the planned features are picnic areas; a multipurpose field; two multiuse courts for basketball, tennis and pickleball; a handball court; concrete ping-pong tables; a bocce ball court; a perimeter walking path; and fitness nodes with exercise equipment.
Although the Goleta Water District (GWD) currently imposes a State III Water restriction that would prohibit the use of outdoor water features, such as fountains, splash pad, etc., City Council voted to retain the feature in the proposed design. The planned splash pad would use well below the yearly amount of water the GWD allocates for the park property, but the structure itself is off limits for use at this time.
The next step in this process would be to submit the final proposed design to the California Department of Park and Recreation for approval as part of the grant requirements for the $910,000 that was awarded to the City of Goleta for construction of this park. Upon approval from the State, the landscape architect will complete the construction documents required for this park. The project will go out for bid as soon as the City has acquired title to the property. The site was formerly owned by the City’s Redevelopment Agency so the City needs approval from the State Department of Finance before it can acquire title to the park property.
JoAnne Plummer, Parks & Recreation Manager