Parma Park is a 200-acre property that was dedicated to Santa Barbara City as open space by John and Harold Parma in 1973. Perched atop Santa Barbara’s mountains, it has stunning ocean and city views. The open space park has three major creeks, dense vegetation, steep terrain, and a variety of native plants. Historic remnants of the Parma family’s olive grove, planted in the 1890s, can still be seen.
The park has ample recreation opportunities including approximately six miles of trails. Mountain bikers can use fire/access road, but are not permitted elsewhere in the park, and hang/para-gliders can use the open grass area between the El Cielito and Mountain Drive entrance as a landing site. The park’s creeks and vegetation provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, and birdwatching in particular. Dogs are allowed on leash.
There are seven different entrances to the park, and the main entrance, along Stanwood drive has an equestrian staging area. There are several picnic areas, including the commemorative “Rowe’s table” which is along the fire/access road at the highest point in the park. From Rowe’s table you can enjoy a nice resting spot with sweeping views.