Santa Barbara County Parks Division offers many recreational and leisure opportunities for dogs and their owners. Several major parks feature fenced and partially fenced dog play areas, and other neighborhood open spaces offer off-leash privileges at certain hours of the day. View list of off-leash dog areas.
Please check out the Eco-Dog's Beach Guide that was created by Friends of Douglas Family Preserve and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.
In late 2008 Santa Barbara County Parks Division entered into a concession agreement with Wripples PetSpas to develop self service pet washing stations at two locations. These pet spas at Waller Park (since November 2008), Arroyo Burro Beach (since March 2009) and our newest location, Lookout Park (openned in September 2010) have been much appreciated amenities for dogs and their owners. They also generate $12,000 per year in concession revenue for Santa Barbara County. The Self-Serve Pet Spa gives the dog owner a cost-effective way to bathe their pets without disrupting their own residences. Especially after a sandy romp on the beach at Arroyo Burro, a stop at the coin-operated pet spa leaves your pet clean and fresh (and the seats of your car won’t be covered in sand).
Safe, clean, and welcoming canine play areas work best with effective partnerships between County Parks and dog owners, veterinarians, and canine organizations. Dog
owners have helped to make our canine play areas great places for dogs to play off leash with other dogs –- and great social centers for dog owners as well.
Winners Of Off-leash Freedom (W.O.O.F.) Pac Park at Waller Park in Santa Maria can be contacted at:
Doggie Do Good
Toll Free 877-K9-RULES
Local Calls 805-896-2344
Santa Maria, CA
Dog PAC of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of dog owners' rights and to responsible dog ownership for the sake of all community members. Dog PAC of Santa Barbara has worked with County Parks to establish off-leash play areas in South County. That organization can be contacted at:
Dog PAC, SB
1724 Olive Ave.
Santa Barbara CA, 93101