Tag archives: Elings Park

An Ace on the Courts
By Richard Mineards   |   February 27, 2024

Racketeers were out in force when the 50-year-old Las Positas Tennis Center at Elings Park reopened after 16 months of major improvements and renovations costing $3.2 million. The tennis center project is part of a larger $10 million Elings Park infrastructure campaign of improvements for the 230-acre park, the largest privately funded public recreation area […]

An Epic Time in the Grove
By Richard Mineards   |   November 1, 2022

EPIC!, the $10 million capital and endowment campaign for the restoration of 230-acre Elings Park, is well on its way to meeting its goal, says executive director Dean Noble. After almost 50 years of active use, the popular leisure area built on a city tip needs a number of “essential updates” to help keep it […]

For the Love of Literacy
By Richard Mineards   |   October 11, 2022

Picturesque Godric Grove in Elings Park was the venue for the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s second annual Love of Literacy lunch with 130 guests raising more than $30,000 for the cause. Keynote speaker, county supervisor Gregg Hart, whose mother was a teacher and father a librarian, expressed his love of literature, reading 60 books during […]

New Resident
By Richard Mineards   |   March 5, 2020

Sleepless in Seattle star Meg Ryan, 58, is the latest celebrity to call our rarefied enclave home, joining fellow actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman. Ryan, who also appeared in Top Gun, When Harry Met Sally, and Courage Under Fire, has purchased a 4,268 sq. ft. three-bedroom, three and a half bathroom home on one […]

Daytripping with Di Meola: from Berklee to the Beatles and Beyond
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 19, 2019

Guitarist Al Di Meola was merely fantasizing when he told a friend back in 1974 that he’d “give anything” to be able to play in Chick Corea’s Return To Forever jazz fusion band. After all, the Jersey City-bred Di Meola was only 19 and still studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. But the […]

Filled with Hot Air
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2019

It was up, up and stay at Elings Park when it hosted its first hot air balloon and wine festival featuring tethered balloons hovering 75ft. above the ground. For a nominal fee 500 guests were offered the chance to rise to new heights in the four colorful balloons that were anchored to the turf. “It’s […]