Girsh Park Celebrates 25 Years of Community Excellence

Girsh Park, a thriving hub of activity in Goleta, is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this month on May 23rd! We hope you will join us for the May 7th Council Meeting at 5:30 p.m. when the City will issue a proclamation recognizing the Foundation for Girsh Park for 25 years of community excellence.

This well-loved park, which welcomes an upwards of 500,000 visitors per year, has been a staple of community engagement for Goleta. It has provided a safe, fun, and affordable space for families, athletes, and nature lovers of all ages.

The park, located at 7050 Phelps Road, first opened in 1999 as a requirement included with the construction of the Camino Real Marketplace. Originally 12 acres, Girsh Park now spans an impressive 25 acres. The expansion allowed the park to add multiple baseball fields, basketball courts, become a permanent home for over 700 Dos Pueblos Little League kids, 1,500 AYSO kids, and hosts the community-favorite annual Lemon Festival.  

“As we reflect on the remarkable journey of Girsh Park over the past quarter-century, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support of the Girsh/Hochman Families, the City of Goleta, and the community,” said Ryan Harrington, Executive Director of The Foundation for Girsh Park. “This milestone not only celebrates our achievements but also symbolizes the boundless potential for growth and innovation in the years to come. Girsh Park belongs to the community, and together we will continue to create lasting memories and build a brighter future for generations to come.”

Congratulations to Girsh Park on 25 years of success, and here’s to many more!

Girsh Park is a cooperative community effort that is owned and operated by The Foundation for Girsh Park nonprofit organization. They develop, maintain and enhance the property to provide the community with affordable, high-quality park and recreational facilities available to rent. If you’d like to make a donation or find out other ways to support the park, please visit:

The Girsh-Hochman Family pictured left to right: Daniel Hochman, Ruelene Girsh-Hochman and Mandy Hochman celebrate at Girsh Park in 2013.

Thousands of AYSO children play at Girsh Park each year.