City & County Staff and volunteers prepare for the sale to begin.

Rain Barrel Sale a Success!

On Saturday, November 21, the Creeks Division partnered with County Project Clean Water to host a rain barrel sale, where 375 barrels were purchased by community members!
We hope those of you who missed the sale will consider purchasing your own rain barrel(s) or taking other measures to retain storm water on your property.
For more information on rain barrels and things you can do at home to help protect creek and ocean water quality, please visit

Creeks Office Closed for Furlough

The Creeks Division will be closed from Monday, December 21, 2009 through Friday, January 1, 2010 due to the City’s furlough schedule. Regular office hours will resume Monday, January 4.
Parks & Recreation Services Available Over the Furlough  
While the Creeks Division will be closed, many Parks and Recreation services and activities will still be available. Please call 564-5418 for details.
  • Parks and Recreation is offering full and half day camps over the break - visit for details. 
  • The Santa Barbara Golf Club will be closed on December 25, and open for regular business hours the remainder of the furlough. Visit or call 687-7087 for details.
  • Los Baños Pool will be closed on December 25 and January 1, and open for regular business hours the remainder of the furlough. Please call 897-2680 for details.
  • Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, and open the remainder of the furlough. Please call 897-1983 for information on facility rentals.
  • Cabrillo Bathhouse will be closed December 22, 24, 25, 29, 31, and January 1. Please call 564-5422 for information on sports programs.
  • The Westside Community Center will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Please call 963-7567 for details.
Please note that the furlough does not affect police, fire, emergency services, water and wastewater treatment plants, or the waterfront department.
For more information on the City’s furlough schedule, please visit

"Beach Angels" clean up the beach near Stearns Wharf.

Thank You Adopt-a-Beach Volunteers!

The Creeks Division administers the California Coastal Commission’s Adopt-a-Beach Program in the City of Santa Barbara. Local organizations schedule beach clean-ups and volunteer their time and energy helping to keep our beaches clean and safe!
2009 Adopt-a-Beach groups include:
For more information on the Adopt-a-Beach program, please visit, or contact Liz Smith at (805) 897-2606.

Mission Creek at Oak Park by Tim Burgess.
Photo Contest and Exhibition
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is holding a juried photography contest to promote their mission statement “inspiring a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.
This is a great opportunity to grab your camera and head to a local creek! Explore Bohnett Park, Arroyo Burro Estuary, or Mission Creek at Oak Park, take some great photos, and share them with the community. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages.
Submissions will be accepted now through March 19, 2010. For details, visit
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