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Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Corner of Santa Barbara and Arrellaga Streets

This is one of the city's most beautiful spots. Well-tended gardens surround a man-made pond with coy and turtles.  There is almost always a group of children gathered at the gazebo watching the enormous orange fish gliding through the dark water.

The highlight of this park can be found as you follow the meandering walkway  around specialized planting beds that feature low-water species.  Each species is chosen because it grow well in Santa Barbara with minimum water.  It is a labor of love with a message - beautiful plants don't have to consume lots of precious resources.

The testament to the beauty of these plants is the popularity of the park with both student and professional photographers.  Every Saturday and Sunday you will find brides vying for the most beautiful flowers or splash of unique foliage to immortalize their big day. 

Directions: From the 101 take the Garden Street exit and turn towards the mountains. Drive along Garden until you come to the Arrellaga cross street. There is usually plenty of free parking nearby. 

Facilities None here, but this oasis in the city borders Alameda Park, which features a large children's playground, restroom facilities and large open spaces for Frisbee and sunning.