Located next to the beach inside a triangle created by Calle Puerto Vallarta, Milpas Street, and Cabrillo Boulevard, the five-acre Cabrillo Ball Park supports softball and other recreational sports activities. In addition to the softball field there are multi-use grass turf areas with a close-up view of the Pacific Ocean. Cabrillo Ball Park contains a ball field, portable bleachers, restrooms, trees and landscaping, and a sidewalk around the perimeter of the park.
- Features: Alcohol Not Allowed, Parking On Street, Reservable Areas, Restrooms, Sports Fields, Views
- Dog Policy: Dogs Allowed On Leash
Cabrillo Ball Park is the home to one of Santa Barbara's most popular photo-ops: the rainbow colored Chromatic Gate sculpture created by artist Herbert Bayer in 1991. A third mile walking path around the perimeter of the park offers 13 outdoor fitness equipment stations.
Land for the park was acquired by the City of Santa Barbara between 1925 and 1927. Although the park has been a ball field since its development in the late 1920s, during World War II it was used by the United States Armed Forces for housing, training, and recreation. In recent years, the Parks and Recreation Department has been making improvements to enhance park safety and increase recreational programming to better serve Santa Barbara residents and visitors.