MacKenzie Park is a two-level park with lawn bowling greens, a clubhouse, a reservable facility with kitchen, a playground rated for two- to five-year-olds and two youth baseball fields.
- Features: Alcohol Allowed With Permit, Parking On Site, Picnic Site, Playground, Popular Event Venue, Reservable Areas, Restrooms, Sports Fields
- Dog Policy: Dogs Allowed On Leash throughout the park. Dogs Allowed Off Leash only in a special enclosed area at the east end of the park.
MacKenzie Park is also the site of several annual events most notably El Mercado del Norte and Crazy Horse Cantina during Santa Barbara's Fiesta celebration every August. El Mercado del Norte features food booths, carnival rides, and more. The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside El Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals with kids during the Santa Barbara Fiesta.
Portable barbecues and camp stoves that are self-contained, enclosed with a lid, and raised at least six inches off a surface may be used on any permanent picnic tables at this park or by permit such as a rental or special event. If there are no permanent picnic tables available at this park and it is not a permitted event then no barbecues are allowed at this park. Barbecue users must remove hot coals and ash from the park, unless a hot coal-disposal receptacle is provided.
Off Leash Dog Area
A half-acre off-leash dog area within MacKenzie Park features two fully-fenced enclosures - one for small dogs under 20 pounds, and one for larger dogs. The off-leash dog area is located at the eastern end of the park. Rules are posted on the enclosure fences, and the public is encouraged to take responsibility for their dogs and to take an active part in keeping this new community asset beautiful by cleaning up after pets and adhering to the posted regulations. These enclosures offer great fencing, fresh wood chips, clean dog water fountains, and resting rocks. The half-acre MacKenzie Dog Park joins the city’s 305 acres of off-leash parks at the Douglas Family Preserve, Hale Park, Elings Park, and the beach between Hendry's Beach and the Shoreline Park stairway. MacKenzie’s rules include no more than two dogs per person, poop picked up right away, people under age 14 must be with an adult, full licensure and vaccination tags for dogs, and any diggers must have their holes filled back in.
The MacKenzie Center is an excellent venue for small parties and functions, located within MacKenzie Park, at the corner of State Street and Las Positas Avenue. The building has a main meeting room with fireplace, a spacious patio with large brick barbecue, and a view of the park and nearby playground. Tables, chairs, and a projector screen are included with your rental. A full kitchen is also available, and convenient parking is nearby in the main MacKenzie Park lot.
Lawn Bowls Club
The MacKenzie Park Lawn Bowls Club provides the facilities for members and visitors to enjoy the sport of lawn bowling. Annual membership is open to everyone and is relatively inexpensive. Members play as often as they please with no additional daily expense. The Club is open all year. The facility consists of two bowling greens each containing eight bowling rinks. There is a modern club house with meeting and eating facilities and a full kitchen. Lockers for members are available and parking is adequate and free.