A thriving Neighborhood in Santa Barbara.
Bound by Garden, Cota, Milpas, Montecito, and Anacapa Streets, the Lagoon District is a unique neighborhood -- poised to experience substantial engagement, visibility and growth among Santa Barbara locals and visitors alike.
An initiative of Pure Order Brewing Co., Oniracom, Playback Recording Studio and Cool Hand Look, the Lagoon District’s goals involve promoting businesses, producing fun events, and enlivening local foot traffic to the Laguna and Haley Street neighborhood.
The neighborhood character speaks to its history as an authentic Santa Barbara experience.
History of the Lagoon
From Walker A. Tomkins "Eastside History"
Massive efforts to drain the mosquito-infested sloughs of the lower Eastside so as to reclaim the fertile acres of the Estero began as early as the 1860s when a ten-block-long canal was dug midway between Salsipuedes and Laguna Streets, from Haley on into the ocean. The unlined ditch silted up very quickly and no trace of it remains except the name “Canal Street.” This was changed to Olive Street in 1922 when the city planted olive trees on either side of the filled-in drainage ditch. Portions of the Eastside are still plagued by winter flooding, especially in the vicinity of Spring Street, and Eastside drainage remains a City Hall problem.
The lowest area on the Eastside was bounded by Ortega, Milpas, Haley and Olive Streets. For decades this swamp was used as the town dump. Fumes from smoldering garbage in the mucky cesspool remained a health hazard and a public scandal until the 1920s when the bog was cleaned up and converted to such attractive uses as Ortega Park, Santa Barbara Junior High School and one-family homes.