Adjacent to Santa Barbara Jr. High, Ortega Park is a family-oriented park on the eastside of Santa Barbara. It has a variety of recreational facilities including a youth softball field, an outdoor basketball court, a playground, and a shallow swimming pool for children (only open when a lifeguard is on duty). There are also picnic areas and barbecue sites available to the public and reservable for private events. Dogs are allowed on leash, and alcohol is not permitted.
A master plan for a total transformation of Ortega Park is currently in development. The committee leading the project is exploring artificial turf soccer fields, fencing along the perimeter, security lighting, a skateboard park, on-site parking, and new bathrooms, picnic facilities, and ball field. The plan is also evaluating the installation of new, year-round aquatic facilities including a wading pool, lap swimming pool, and water slides.