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Walking Wednesdays

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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 program umbrella. Each Walking Wednesday explores a different area and theme.

Walking Wednesdays are on the fourth Wednesday of the month from March thru September, starting at 5:30

Locations vary, and walks last until around 7:00 PM. Past docent leaders include former S.B. Mayor Hal Conklin, former City Planning Director Dave Davis, architects Jeff Shelton and Anthony Grumbine, Hope Ranch Annex resident Autumn Brook, Goleta Historian Fermina Murray, Riviera expert Karen Feeney, Sansum Clinic  Nutritionist Gerri French, SB Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Anne Peterson, SB Museum of Natural History Curator of Anthropology Dr. John Johnson, UCSB Director of Ecosystem Management Lisa Stratton, and SB Bucket Brigade co-founder and Director, Abe Powell.

We thank all our docents and our generous sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our eighth year in 2019:

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                          2019 Walking Wednesdays Schedule

March 27 – “Archaeological History Along the Santa Barbara Waterfront,” with John Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Archaeological research demonstrates that Chumash Indians inhabited various locations along the Santa Barbara waterfront for many thousands of years.  We will visit those places and discuss what was learned from excavations that took place there.  We will share what is known regarding Chumash history and traditions associated with particular sites.

Dr. John Johnson has served for 33 years as Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  He specializes in Chumash cultural history and prehistory.

April 24 – “Santa Barbara’s Waterfront: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” with Dave Davis, former City of S.B. Community Development Director, current Water Commission chair and SB MTD Board Chair.

We’ll stroll west to east along Cabrillo Boulevard from the Harbor to Chase Palm Park.  We’ll be chatting about the major changes that have occurred historically to our shoreline and discuss the significant challenges that sea level rise due to climate change will mean for our future.

May 22 – “North Campus Open Space Exploration,” with Lisa Stratton, UCSB Director of Ecosystem Management, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER).

Join Lisa Stratton and her team for a moderate walk (about 3 miles) around the newly restored upper arms of Devereux Slough, known as North Campus Open Space (the former Ocean Meadows golf course). This project broke ground in January, 2017 and is being restored and planted with locally sourced native plants.  Bring your binoculars, sturdy/comfy shoes and questions to the parking area at 6969 Whittier Dr., Goleta (off Storke Rd.)

June 26 – “Community Resilience in Montecito,” with Abe Powell, co-founder and Executive Director, SB Bucket Brigade.

A true local hero, Abe Powell will share his experiences forming and leading the Bucket Brigade in their many invaluable efforts helping rebuild the Montecito community, including their most recent and ongoing construction of the N Jameson Lane Pedestrian Path.  We can’t wait for this sure-to-be inspiring walk!

July 24 – “Answering Santa Barbara’s Housing Question Using Historic Buildings,” with Anthony Grumbine, Principal Architect, Harrison Design, and Chair of Santa Barbara’s Historic Landmarks Commission.

A 6 block walk, along which we will see a range of densities of historic buildings and understand the ability for the different historic types to fit into different areas of the city.  We’ll see where Anthony takes us this time…

August 28 – “Downtown/Funky Healthy Eats,” with Gerri French, MS, RDN, CDE, Sansum Clinic Diabetes Specialist and Nutritionist.

Nutritionist and Sansum Clinic Diabetes Specialist Gerri French is curating a wonderful stroll thorough Downtown and the Funk Zone with stops at local restaurants, wineries and even an urban farm to learn about how these establishments source and offer locally-grown, organic and/or healthy dishes, wines and produce.  Let’s ‘get foodie and a little bit Funky’ together!

September 25 – “Affordable Housing Tour,” with Rob Fredericks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

In consideration of the important nexus between affordable housing and sustainable transportation, our final Walking Wednesdays tour of 2019 will take a look at some of the affordable and low-income housing projects provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.  Rob Fredericks will lead us on a walk stopping at four City of S.B. projects, beginning at Casas Las Granadas, a County of S.B. People’s Self-Help Housing project for no-vehicle low-income residents.

Meet in front of Casas Las Granadas, 21 E Anapamu St. Santa Barbara

Free parking is available along Anapamu Street and paid parking can be found in the City’s Granada Garage off Anacapa Street.

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