Sculpture zoo at Waller Park

Opening Reception: March 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with County Parks, is proud to announce a temporary exhibition of animal sculptures set between the Duck Pond at Waller Park, located at 3107 Orcutt Road.

The exhibition is a nod to the park’s history when it also served as a community zoo. A free public reception and community painting event will take place at the park on Saturday, March 3 from 2-3 p.m.

Over the years, Waller Park hosted rabbits and native animals as well as a bear, a buffalo and a camel. The Duck Pond near the upcoming installation was once home to “Monkey Island” where monkeys roamed the little island in the middle of the pond. Over the years, most of the animals were relocated to the Santa Barbara and Atascadero zoos.

Waller Park still welcomes four-legged friends at its off-leash dog park, and pony rides are available on weekends for $3.50, provided by Happy Trails Pony Rides.

Animal sculptures created by late Santa Barbara County artist Morris Squire are on loan from the Squire Foundation, which is dedicated to civic and educational programs for artists, curators and all manner of creative people.