Chase Palm Park and Carousel in Santa Barbara

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara is a huge park that sandwiches East Cabrillo Boulevard.  On the ocean side of Cabrillo the park consists of a palm-lined, narrow strip of park adjacent to East Beach with an oceanfront bike path and walkway from Stearns Wharf to East Beach.  This side of the park is host to Sunday/holiday arts and crafts shows.  The 14,600 square foot Skater's Point skate park is also located on this side of the park.

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Call 805.564.5418 for more information or visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/playgrounds/chase.asp.

On the other side of Cabrillo is a huge 10 acre parcel that features fountains, creeks, a lagoon, carousel, snack bar and a shipwreck playground modeled after an ocean schooner from the turn of the century.

The Chase Palm Park antique carousel is a beautiful, elegant throwback to another era. It is one of three machines produced by the Allan Herschell Factory in the 1915-1917 time frame; this one was built in 1916. The carousel is well maintained, plays fun music and is only $2.50 (as of Fall 2016) for a pretty darn long ride!  

This carousel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 2000 after it went through extensive renovations and moved to this location in June 1999. It is 40 feet in diameter, with a 19 foot wooden pole in its center, supporting 35 jumping, hand-carved wooden horses plus two hand carved art deco style wooden chariots.

This carousel originally operated outdoors on the east coast, where it was used for decades while not going through adequate maintenance. It was purchased in 1970 by Seaport Village in San Diego, where after 10 years in storage it was sold again to its current owners. 

The combination of Shipwreck Playground and the carousel makes this a can't miss Santa Barbara destination for they young set!  And the park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.

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