Input Sought on Design for Ellwood Mesa Trails

The City of Goleta is looking for your input on trail improvement and habitat restoration on the Ellwood Mesa. A public workshop held last month was the first of several to discuss the history of the mesa and hear from the community about their vision for the future.

The City Council recently approved an agreement with the Santa Barbara Trails Council (SBTC) to begin design and engineering for the Trails Improvement and Habitat Restoration Project. SBTC received a grant from the California Coastal Commission to do this work with the City.

A project of this nature is identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Program Plan as a future, unfunded project. In addition, the City’s Ellwood Mesa Open Space Plan (adopted in 2004) identifies existing and future trails, including future trail design standards for the Coastal Trail and the Anza Trail.

Look for more information about future workshops on the City’s website or on the Capital Improvement Project website at