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. Each Walking Wednesday explores a different area and theme.
Walking Wednesdays are on the fourth Wednesday of every month from March thru September, starting at 5:30 PM. Locations vary, and walks last about an hour and a half, until around 7:00 PM. Docents in 2015 included architects Anthony Grumbine, Jeff Shelton and Fred Sweeney, Director of the Santa Barbara Housing Authority Robert Pearson, John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology of the SB Museum of Natural History, and landscape architect Robert Adams.
We thank 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 promptly 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 some of Jeff Shelton’s colorful buildings. People loved it!
April 27th – “Waterfront Past to Waterfront Future: Trains, Ships, Bikes, and Peds. ” This tour was led by former SB Planning Director and former Executive Director of CEC, Dave Davis. We visited the West Beach and Burton Mound neighborhood, the waterfront 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.
May 25th – “Hidden Treasures o the Riviera,” led by Riviera resident Karen Feeney. Karen 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- “The Architectural and Historical Features of the Micheltorena Street Corridor” led by local architect and COAST co-founder, Alex Pujo. Around 40 of us gathered for a nice evening stroll as Pujo opened our eyes to the many historical and architectural features along our route.
August 24th- Jeff Shelton led a tour through several of his unique buildings (El Jardin, El Zapato, Vera Cruz and El Andaluz). →
September 28th – Water Conserving Front-of-House Landscapes with Robert Adams, landscape architect. Meet near corner of Anapamu and Olive Streets.