Monterey Parks are unique, and make life better, because they include well groomed lawns and landscape plantings, pristine forests, a lake in the center of town, and sandy beaches…all within a mile or two of each other. Families, youth, and seniors can enjoy a retreat from their daily lives by visiting our well-kept parks, beaches, and forested areas, and also experience a wide variety of quality leisure activities. Beginning in 1909 the City began acquiring park land so that most Monterey residents are now within walking distance of a neighborhood park.
Residents and visitors come to Monterey parks for a variety of reasons, including the fresh Monterey air. Some enjoy walking in our forested greenbelts or relaxing near our lakes and beaches. Others enjoy biking or walking on the ocean front Recreation Trail. Some come to our parks to play or watch sporting events or to exercise, while others bring their children to our parks to use the safe and creative play equipment. Monterey is also proud to offer areas for camping and group gatherings and picnics. Monterey parks provide services that enhance our lives in many ways, and indeed "Monterey Parks Make Life Better".