Residents seeking a large open space park close to town may want to visit Parma Park. It is the largest City open space park, encompassing approximately 200 acres of oak woodland and chaparral along Sycamore and Coyote Creeks. Gifted to the Department in 1973, this park is known for its history, habitat, and recreational uses including its popularity as a landing spot for paragliders and hang gliders.
There are five entrances to Parma Park: Stanwood Drive West (main entrance), El Cielito Drive, Mountain Drive South, Mountain Drive North, and Stanwood Drive East.
More than five miles of trails are associated with Parma Park including the Plateau Trail, Creek Trail, Stanwood Trail, and Ridge Trail and dirt fire/access road. A public trail easement also provides access via the Mountain Drive North entrance.
For sweeping views of the City of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, take the Ridge Trail to Rowe’s table. Named for Rowe McMullen, a long-time volunteer who helped establish trails in the park, Rowe’s table is the highest point in the park at 775 feet.