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Popular South Coast park is getting a revamp

Elings Park Foundation
Elings Park in Santa Barbara

One of the largest non-profit privately owned parks in North America – which is located in Santa Barbara County – will benefit from a grant to improve trails.

Elings Park has over nine miles of trails set in over 230 acres and is popular with mountain bikers on the South Coast.

Dean Noble – Elings Park’s executive director says the Santa Barbara park's trails will be improved, expanded and sustained, thanks to a cash injection from a grant.

"We have experienced an explosion of trail use due to the COVID quarantine and the growth in popularity of mountain biking," Noble told KCLU.

"This funding will take our trails from 'good' to outstanding' and also benefits the Park's many walkers and hikers who share the trails with cyclists."

In addition to maintaining existing trails, new trails will be developed and there will be ecologic restoration of key areas.

The grant also includes for the creation of a trail map covering the entire Park, which will be available to the public for free.

Over twice the size of Disneyland, Elings Park is the largest privately funded, public park in the United States.

The Park is made possible by community donations and receives no regular government funding.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.