BPFP Partners add new steps in Grotto Rock Park

Over Thanksgiving holidays, Grotto Rock Park got new steps on the steepest, slickest part of its circular trail, thanks to Troop 237 Eagle Scout candidate Tyler Young and his co-workers. The project is part of safety improvements being carried out by BPFP partner groups Friends of Grotto Rock Park and Friends of Five Creeks, with funding from a UC Chancellor’s Community Service Grant. Volunteers also have been removing ivy and blackberry, planting natives, putting it more steps, and preparing the wide, level trail fronting the rock for a new decomposed-granite surface — the biggest part of the project. Grotto Rock Park, on Santa Barbara just north of Indian Rock Boulevard, has spectacular and romantic Bay views, but wet, slippery trails were hazardous in past winters.