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. Docents in 2015 included architect Anthony Grumbine, architect Jeff Shelton, Director of the Santa Barbara Housing Authority Robert Pearson, architect Fred Sweeney, John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology of the SB Museum of Natural History, and landscape architect Robert Adams.
COAST thanks our docents and sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our sixth year in 2016!
Walking Wednesdays 2016 Schedule
All walks start at 5:30pm and end at 7pm.
March 30th – Green builder Dennis Allen led a tour titled “Diversity and Change on Haley Street.” We visited The Mill winery, Bici Centro, and Jeff Shelton’s colorful buildings. People loved it!
April 27th- “Waterfront Past to Waterfront Future: Trains, Ships, Bikes, and Peds. ” Tour will be led by former SB Planning Director and former Executive Director of CEC, Dave Davis. We will visit the West Beach neighborhood, the pier, the waterfront, the Funk Zone and the La Entrada Project that is changing the face of lower State Street. “Lots of history and development gossip plus a nice walk,” said Dave. Meet at the SB Amtrak Station at 5:30 PM.
May 25th– “Hidden Treasures o the Riviera,” with Riviera resident Karen Feeney. She showed us some of the hidden stairways and pedestrian paths that have been part of the Riviera since the days of the streetcar. Kudos to the more than 50 people who showed up wearing sturdy shoes and climbed some pretty steep stone steps. It was worth it!
June 22nd- Anthony Grumbine returned to lead one of his popular tours highlighting the varied architecture of Santa Barbara. Titled “Thinking Inside the Blocks – The Brilliance of Santa Barbara Historic Urban Architecture,” the walk began in the courtyard of Casa De La Guerra and wound through several city blocks, including Meridian Studios and El Caserio. The paseos inside the blocks are unique to Santa Barbara’s Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture. We thank Anthony for sharing his expertise and enthusiasm!
July 27th- “Micheltorena Street” with Alex Pujo, architect. Meet in front of Notre Dame School at 5:30 pm and walk west. Return on Sola.
August 24th- Jeff Shelton will lead a tour through some of his unique buildings
September 28th – “Santa Barbara Gardens,” with Robert Adams, landscape architect