North Campus Open Space Restoration Project

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UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) is working with State funding partners to plan for the restoration of the former 64 acre Ocean Meadows Golf Course, now referred to as the North Campus Open Space, to its natural state. North Campus Open Space parallels the City of Goleta along Phelps Road and Storke Road.

This project is intended to provide our community with access to an expanse of coastal open space that extends 2.25 miles along the Ellwood-Devereux coast. The project will connect several existing preserved properties, including UCSB’s South Parcel, Coal Oil Point Reserve, as well as the City of Goleta’s Sperling Preserve / Ellwood Mesa Open Space.

The site will ultimately feature natural open space, trails, and boardwalks for public access and passive recreation. It will also be used for teaching, research, and community outreach. Restoration and preservation of wetlands and other habitat along Devereux Creek will also be a primary focus for the property. UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) has been involved in preliminary research that will be used in the preparation of a restoration plan for the property. 

UCSB has prepared an Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the proposed North Campus Open Space Restoration Project.

 A copy of the Notice of Intent to Adopt and Draft IS/MND can be found below:

For more information on the project, please visit UCSB’s North Campus Open Space website here.