We’d bet a decent chunk of change that at least one of the reasons you chose to participate in the Santa Barbara Triathlon is our warm, welcoming, home-town feel. That doesn’t happen by accident, you know. We truly are a community event, and to us, our community is our family. That’s why we’re especially proud to announce that our 2017 fundraising efforts will directly benefit the renovation of the historic Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse, our home for more than a quarter of a century—and hopefully, for many more years to come.
The renovation of “the Crown Jewel of Cabrillo Boulevard” will celebrate the building’s history and architecture while incorporating vital structural upgrades, enhancing access and expanding community recreation opportunities, with the ultimate goal of creating a premier public event facility. While it’s an ambitious project, the City of Santa Barbara already has pledged a sizable portion of the necessary funds. Now it’s up to groups like us—with the help of generous supporters like you—to close the gap. The Santa Barbara Triathlon is committed to honoring our history by helping our community raise the additional $4 million needed to complete this project. Any funds you raise or solicit will be donated to the nonprofit Parks & Recreation Community Foundation and earmarked specifically for this renovation. The official public campaign is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017, with groundbreaking is slated for 2018. We hope you’ll consider being part of this historic effort to make our incredible community even better.
History and Fun Facts:
Located on Santa Barbara’s popular East Beach, the Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse was constructed in 1926 and gifted to the City by generous local resident David Gray with the stipulation that it be dedicated for park purposes and public recreation. Nearly a century later it remains a popular event center and the hub of numerous summer recreation programs including Junior Lifeguards, however the building’s outdated interiors, poor accessibility, structural deficiencies and failing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems significantly limit its potential to serve Santa Barbara residents and visitors well into the future. In 2014, the Parks and Recreation Department embarked upon a $14 million building renovation plan. With project design nearing completion, the PARC Foundation is raising funds to support construction by hosting events and soliciting grants and community gifts. “This project is really the Department’s most ambitious endeavor in decades,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jill E. Zachary. “It’s exciting to be embarking upon something that may prove to be our greatest legacy.” We invite you to become involved and support this investment in Santa Barbara’s most beloved beachfront recreational facility.