Douglas Family Preserve
Formerly known as The Wilcox Property, the Preserve is located on the mesa above Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara. The property spans 70 acres, the largest coastal open space within Santa Barbara’s city limits. The old Wilcox nursery operated from 1949 to 1972. When business closed, several development plans were put forward including a luxury hotel, subdivision, and a retirement community. For a decade Santa Barbara residents, SWAP, The Oak Group, and others collectively raised more than $2 million to help the Trust for Public Land purchase the property in 1996 for $3.6 Million. Now a city park, the property has been named “Douglas Family Preserve” in recognition of a major financial contribution by actor Michael Douglas.