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Walking Wednesdays


Walking Wednesdays is a series of free, local walking tours around Santa Barbara during the Spring and Summer months.  COAST organizes these walks to promote safe, fun and educational walking in Santa Barbara, as part of our Santa Barbara Walks initiative.

Walking Wednesdays are on the 4th Wednesday of every month from March thru August, starting at 5:30 PM.  Locations of the walk vary depending on the speaker and theme, and walks last about an hour and a half, until around 7:00 PM.

COAST thanks our sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our fifth year in 2015!

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Walking Wednesdays 2015 Schedule 

All Walks Start at 530 and Last Until About 7

March 25- Tour Starting at Plaza Rubio, we will walk through four blocks of the Upper East, looking at the wide variety and character of architecture styles led by Anthony Grumbine. Meet at the corner of Laguna and Plaza Rubio (Mission Rose Garden).

April 22- Tour led by Architect Jeff Shelton. Please meet at State Street and East Gutierrez St., in front of Casa Blanca. Our tour will consist of the following:

May 27–  Join us as we walk with The Executive Director of Santa Barbara Housing Authority for a tour of Affordable Housing Downtown. Start at Garden Court at 1116 De La Vina and end there.

June 24th- Architect Fred Sweeny will lead a walk along the corridor of Los Olivos Street and Mission Canyon Road. We will be looking at the master plan which addresses many issues and challenges found on both sides of that corridor in order to assure a safe passage within that corridor but to also assure the histrionic elements of both manmade and natural attributes that make this area so fascinating. Meet at the corner of Laguna and Plaza Rubio and La Encinas, under the pepper tree.

July 22nd- John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum will lead a walk on Chumash Native Americans in Santa Barbara.

August 26th-  Landscape Architect, Robert Adams, will lead a walk on Contemporary Landscapes in and around the Funk Zone.  There are planted spaces that do a lot with little real estate and more contemporary approaches.






WALKING TOUR POSTCARD- Jeff Shelton, Walking Wednesday