Meet Your Neighbor Day is on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 12 pm to 4 pm. Free Pancake Breakfast will be held on the same day from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. This event takes place at Anisq’Oyo Park, Peoples Park, Perfect Park, and Lil Acorn Park. We will have games, activities, music provided by KCSB, and resource info booths.





The following programs, created for “at-risk” youth in Isla Vista, focus on youth development and building the external and internal assets all youth need to succeed. Please call The District office at 968-2017 for more information.

Upcoming Recreation Events
  • Test Upcoming Recreation Event
    • November 30, 2021 - June 30, 2024
    • Isla Vista
  • Contact:

    Luis Valerio

    Started in 1995, this open-door, drop-in recreation program for “at risk” children in grades K through 6th, provides a variety of activities including arts & craft projects, educational games and toys, sports, contests, recreational games, and daily snacks.

    This program provides cultural enrichment activities for disadvantaged youth. Excursions include field trips to movies, music & dance performances, comedy shows, sporting events, art & cooking workshops, art exhibits, storytelling events, educational facilities, local festivals and special events. One hundred and thirty-seven Cultural Enrichment field trips were made last year!

    Recreation leaders take children on field trips twice each week to clean up local parks and the streets of Isla Vista. Ninety-seven Adopt-A-Block field trips were made last year. Many thanks to IV Drip and Woodstock’s Pizza for providing treats for our young volunteers!

    Children who volunteer for the Adopt-A-Block Program are given first priority for Hiking and Exploration Club excursions. Field trips are made to parks, preserves, sanctuaries and hiking trails in the Santa Barbara area. Seventy-six Hiking and Exploration field trips were made last year.

    This program provides swimming field trips to the UCSB Recreation Center once a week throughout the summer.

    The Isla Vista Public Improvement Corporation’s grant for “Children at Risk”, provided by the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, allows The District to offer a food distribution program serving low-income families throughout the year.

    Each summer the District’s Recreation Division takes children on a five-day camping trip to Sequoia. The group volunteers with the US Forestry Service, proudly helping to preserve this national treasure for future generations. Excursions within the National Forest generally include swimming at Hume Lake, climbing Moro Rock, hiking to the General Sherman Tree, touring the Crystal Caves, visiting Grant’s Grove, swimming in the Topoka River, hiking to Panoramic Point, visiting the Lodgepole Visitor’s Center, and touring Crescent Meadow.

    As an alternative to the Sequoia Youth Trip, The District sometimes takes children to Lake Lopez for a four-day camping adventure. This trip’s experiential learning program focuses on Character Building and includes team building initiatives, true-life stories of good character, the identification of positive character traits demonstrated by fellow campers, and participation in the San Luis Obispo County Junior Ranger Program. As part of the Junior Ranger Program, the SLO Ranger takes the group fishing off the dock and on a nature hike. The children must also finish a written lesson and complete a community service project in order to earn their Jr. Ranger badges. In addition to completing the experiential learning program, the group spends a day at the Mustang Water Park, which is everyone’s favorite activity.

    In collaboration with other local agencies, groups and organizations, The District hosts local festivals such as Dia De Los Niños and Safe Halloween. Recreation leaders provide arts & craft projects, play activities, games and relay races.

    On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot provides a free woodcraft workshop for children ages 5 to 12. Recreation staff and volunteers walk the children from Children’s Park to Home Depot and assist them with constructing their projects. After the workshop, the children play at Girsh Park and then are escorted to McDonald’s restaurant where they are allowed to buy two items off the dollar menu.

    Working alongside District recreation leaders, high school students have the opportunity to earn community service hours toward their graduation requirement by volunteering with eight different programs, projects & special events: Children’s Adopt-A-Block, the Summer Sequoia Excursion, the Tutoring Program, the Cultural Enrichment Program, the afternoon Recreation Program at Children’s Park, Dia De Los Niños, the Hiking & Exploration Club and the Home Depot Wood Workshops.

    UCSB’s Family Literacy Program provides volunteer tutors for The District’s afternoon recreation program at Children’s Park. In addition to providing tutoring, these UCSB students read stories, listen attentively while children read, lead educational games, and use flashcards to help the children improve their phonics and math skills.

    In addition to the Adopt-A-Block Program, Recreation Leaders take children on monthly field trips to clean up local parks, beaches and open spaces. Twenty-seven community clean ups were completed last year.

    Please contact Annie Aziz if you are interested in learning more about the District’s recreation programs or have any questions.


    Other programs in the community:


    St. George Teen Center (YMCA)
    Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and hours vary on Friday depending on late nights, lock-ins and special events.

    Primary services are for youth in the 6th through 12th grade and their families

    The St. George Teen Center, started by The Isla Vista Youth Task Force in1998, is managed and operated by the YMCA. The Center, located at 889 Camino Del Sur, offers the following programs and activities:

    1. Tutoring & College Prep Assistance
    2. Drug & Alcohol
    3. Health Education
    4. Leadership Program
    5. A computer Lab
    6. Sports & Recreation.
    7. Zumba classes Tuesday and Thursday for our members families and future members families.
    8. In the summer we offer Nuestra Voz Theatre Class, Leadership Camp Retreat, CERT training and Summer Lunch distribution for youth of all ages (2-17years of age).

    The Isla Vista Recreation & Park District is a co-sponsor of the St. George Teen Center.

    Contact Luis Ortega, Program Coordinator 805-685-9170

    Or Leonor Reyes, Program Director 805-685-9170

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