Elings Park 1298 Las Positas Road • Santa Barbara • California 93105

Elings Park

1298 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, California 93105

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Why You'll Love This Place

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Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, Elings Park is a 230-acre nonprofit park blessed with incredible city, mountain and ocean views. This recreational paradise encompasses sports fields, picnic grounds, tennis courts, a hang-gliding hill, a sculpture garden, a Veteran’s Memorial Walk—plus hiking and biking trails galore. However, Elings also has three lovely sites for romantic wedding celebrations.

To reach the first, take a short curvy drive up to Godric Grove, an estate-like venue at the park’s summit. You’re only 400 feet above sea level here, but the multifaceted perspective makes you feel like you’re on top of the world: From one direction, the grove surveys velvety-green park meadows; from another, the Santa Barbara cityscape unfolds against the silhouette of the Santa Ynez Mountains—and whichever way you face, a ribbon of ocean winks in the distance.

Wedding ceremonies make the most of this dynamic vista at the Grove’s stone amphitheater, gently terraced into the hillside overlooking a forest of oaks. The amphitheater is completely secluded, blissfully quiet (save for the occasional birdcall or rustle of leaves), and harmonizes with the surrounding landscape. The adjacent reception area is just as pleasing. A large free-form redwood deck is spread out along the rim of a plateau. Gnarled oak trees grow up right through the deck and around its perimeter, providing dappled shade for your cocktail hour and reception. Next to the deck there’s a sizable patio with built-in barbecues that’s just right for a buffet or dancing. A cozy, treelined lawn nearby also has event possibilities. From spring to summer, cheery matilija poppies are in bloom around the lawn, while in the autumn the liquid amber trees put on a colorful show.

The second site, Singleton Pavilion, provides a more expansive setting with its own special charms. The centerpiece of Singleton is a sweep of lawn that can easily accommodate both your ceremony and reception seating. At one end, a copse of trees on a slight rise makes a leafy milieu for exchanging vows; or say “I do” in front of a handsome gazebo at the opposite end. A path partly encircles the lawn and culminates in a stone terrace poised at the edge of the hillside. Here a petite grove of saplings creates a magical atmosphere for intimate dining or a novel cocktail hour. And one more (wonderful) thing about Singleton: It also boasts serene city and mountain vistas, as well as peeks of the Pacific Ocean.

Both Godric Grove and Singleton Pavilion can accommodate large canopies, and site rental includes dedicated parking along with a Park Host. You can also reserve time on one of the playing fields for friendly competitions among families—think a genial round of croquet or softball. The Events Director will help with ideas and finding quality local vendors.

This spectacular, unspoiled setting can be styled as elegantly as you please, but you really don’t need to add a single flower, plant or ribbon because Nature has provided all the decoration.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $1,200–4,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 0 200
Reception Seated 0 200
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds up to 200 guests outdoors.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$



Caterers must be licensed and insured.



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily starting at 9am. All events must end by 10pm.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Non-Profit
  • Park
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Canyon
  • Cityscape
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic
  • Park

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: none
Tables & Chairs: through caterer or BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer or BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: BYO
Dressing Area: none
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: BYO
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
Cleanup: renter
View: panorama of ocean, mountains and cityscape; park, garden, landscaped grounds
Other: picnic area


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: through caterer or BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: select from approved vendor list
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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