In 1973, John and Harold Parma dedicated Parma Park to the City as open space. The 200-acre property is characterized by dense vegetation, steep terrain, and a mix of native plant communities. There are also the historic remnants of the Parma family’s olive grove planted in the 1890s. The property commands incredible mountain top views of the City of Santa Barbara, Pacific Ocean, and Santa Barbara Channel Islands.
There are approximately six miles of trails through Parma Park and seven park entrances located along Stanwood Drive, El Cielito Road and Mountain Drive. Click the link to observe the Parma Park trail map. The park provides passive recreation opportunities for hikers, dogs on leash, and equestrians. Mountain bike riders may use the park only on the Fire/Access Road. Hang and para-gliders use the open grassland between the El Cielito and Mountain Drive entrance as a landing site. The main entrance along Stanwood Road includes a picnic area and equestrian staging area. A commemorative picnic table (Rowe’s table) is located along the Fire/Access Road and provides views and a resting spot at the highest point in the park.
Parma Park contains three major creeks and a diverse array of native plant communities including chaparral, oak woodland, riparian forest, coastal sage scrub, and remnant patches of native grassland. Park vegetation and creeks provide habitat for wildlife and excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, especially birds.