Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Elings Park Upper Playground

 After finding so many playgrounds in the summer of 2015, I haven't seen a new one (without leaving Santa Barbara/Goleta) for awhile. I was surprized to find a new one when searching for a hiking trail at Elings Park.  Of course there is the main playground (Capello Playground) next to the softball fields and bathrooms, but above that, there is a separate playground (Mission Linen) next to the soccer fields. Who knew?

Elings Park is a huge park with playing fields, bike area, walking trails, play grounds and wedding areas. There are 2 playgrounds, one next to the softball fields and the other next to the soccer field. Next to the soccer field, there is a 2-5 year old play structure shaped like a boat. There are 2 slides, 2 climbing areas and 3 steering wheels. The front end has a bench for passengers.

Directions: Take the 101 N from downtown and exit Las Positas Rd. Follow the merged road to the stoplight and turn left onto Las Positas. After 1 mile, turn left onto Jerry Harwin Parkway. Pass the first parking lot to park in the next area. The soccer fields and palyground are just down from it.

There are bathrooms.
There is plenty of parking on nongame days.
There is a shady sitting area near the playground.

The park is crowded and parking difficult when there are games.
This is a dog friendly park and not the best for kids who are fearful of dogs.

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