Parks & Beaches

Parks and Maintenance Operations

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Monterey Recreation
546 Dutra Street
(831) 646-3866

Parks & Beaches
Maintenance Division
23 Ryan Ranch Road
(831) 646-3860

City parks are open to the public daily.
Please remember that no one is allowed to remain in a City park after closing hours (between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.). Thank you for your help and cooperation in this matter.

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Parks Make Life BetterThe City of Monterey has some of the most beautiful and diverse parks and beaches in the world. From sandy or rocky shores, wetlands, pine forests to unique playgrounds, Monterey's open spaces provide a wealth of recreation and leisure activities. Many of Monterey’s 36 parks feature barbeque grills, sports fields, playground equipment and other amenities. Browse our directory of parks and beaches to research locations, activities, reservation information, and amenities. Whether you want to surf, camp, dive, sail, hike, kayak or bike, our parks and beaches will provide fun and incredible scenery for the entire family.
City Parks Map

Two ways to use this map:
1. To find a City park or beach, select from the menu below, or click a marker on the map.
2. To get directions, select from the menu and them submit your directions request.

Monterey State Beach
This is the largest of Monterey's beaches. You can see lots of beach activities going on here, including body surfing, boogie boarding and surfing, picnicing and dog walking (leashed). Please make sure you know beach rules to ensure your safety.

Del Monte Beach
An extention of Monterey State Beach and offers the same amenities. Sometimes waves can be dangerous, so know what you are doing if you decide to enjoy the surf. No lifeguards are on duty.

San Carlos Beach
This beach is right next to the Monterey Bay Boatworks launch ramp, and is at the beginning of Cannery Row. This beach attracts recreational divers and is a favorite spot dive classes.

Several other beach access areas
Along Cannery Row, several smaller beaches are accessible along this area, including McAbee Beach.

The Parks & Beaches section of the Maintenance Division maintains 35 parks and more than 200 other sites. We are responsible for overnight camping; beach and park maintenance; wood chip delivery; memorial benches/trees; cemetery services; RV storage facility; annual Cutting Day; and our volunteer gardener program. Find out more below. Report problems, make service requests

The Parks & Beaches section of the Maintenance Division is responsible for:

Parks, Beaches, and Greenbelts Maintenance

We develop and implement ongoing maintenance programs for the City park system. We maintain and repair all irrigation systems; respond to citizens' and visitors' questions and suggestions and provide information on public use of beaches and parks; and respond to reports of sick or dead animals. Forty campsites are available at Veteran's Memorial Park.

Special Programs
We supervise the Volunteer Gardener Program, which meets weekly to supervise community volunteers who work at various sites throughout the City's extensive park system. We maintain and coordinate the City's Annual cutting day plant exchange (plant cuttings and tree seedlings); maintain the City's annual Christmas tree recycling and chipping program; offer a free wood chip delivery program (when available, the Parks Division will deliver a supply of wood chips to your driveway); and offer a memorial bench and tree planting program that provides citizens the opportunity to publicly memorialize loved ones.

We offer gravesites, cremain sites (half-graves), columbarium niches and burial services. We also coordinate the installation of headstones and perform general cemetery maintenance. A new lakeside columbarium and burial section is now available.Visit the Cementerio El Encinal Web pages.

RV Storage Facility
This popular facility at Ryan Ranch is secured with a coded locked gate and motion detector lighting. Open to all Monterey Peninsula residents on a first-come, first-served basis - with priority given to Monterey residents - the lot is currently full. A waiting list has been established. MORE INFO
1. Hilltop Park & Hilltop Park Center
2.8-acre neighborhood park in New Monterey at Jessie Street and David Avenue. Play equipment, turf area, picnic area, BBQ, tennis court, basketball court and multi-purpose facility. 646-3975

2. Oak Newton Park
2.5-acre neighborhood park in New Monterey at Oak & Newton Streets. Play equipment, turf area, open & covered BBQ picnic area, restrooms, half basketball court.
Reservations: 646-3866

3. Archer Park& Hoffman Park
1.6-acre park and activity center in New Monterey at 542 Archer Street between Hoffman & McClellan. Multi-purpose facility, meeting rooms, turf area, play equipment, multi-use area, group BBQ picnic area and basketball court. Reservations: 646-3866

4. Scholze Park Center and Scholze Park
1.2-acre park and Senior Citizens activity center at Lighthouse & Dickman. Multi-purpose facility, turf area, group BBQ. Reservations: 646-3878

5. San Carlos Beach Park
2.87-acre passive coastline park with landscaped turf areas, walkways, seating areas and vista points to the Bay. Restroom and access to the beach. Located on Cannery Row at the foot of Reeside Avenue. Roller-skates/blades and skateboards are prohibited.

6. Fisherman's Shoreline Park
5-acre coastline park with turf area, seating areas with Bay views, and Recreation Trail, between Fisherman's Wharf & Coast Guard pier.

7. Larkin Park
1-acre neighborhood park at Monroe and Clay Street. Play equipment, multi-purpose playfield, basketball court, picnic tables, BBQ and restrooms. Reservations: 646-3866

8. Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve
81-acre park with numerous, well established hiking trails. Pedestrian access is through Veteran's Memorial Park.

9. Veteran's Memorial Park
50-acre park with overnight group camping, walking trails, BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf playfield, at end of Skyline Drive at Veteran's Drive. Accessible campsite availability. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Group BBQ reservations: 646-3865

10. Via Paraiso Park
10.6-acre multi-use neighborhood park at Via Paraiso & Herrmann Drive. Includes Peter J. Aldrete ball field, tennis courts (2), play equipment, half basketball court, group BBQ picnic area, restrooms. Reservations: 646-3866

11. Whispering Pines Park
3.1-acre group use park at Pacific & Alameda. Amphitheatre, open & covered BBQ picnic areas, restrooms. Reservations: 646-3866

12. Jacks Ballpark
3.7-acre multi-use municipal sports park at Franklin & Figueroa Streets, downtown Monterey. Ball field & bleachers with night lighting, tot play area, restrooms. Ball field programming: 646-3969.

13. Monterey Tennis Center
401 Pearl Street, downtown Monterey. Open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Lighted tennis courts (6), pro shop. Reservation or lesson information: 646-3881.

14. Don Dahvee Greenbelt
35.8-acre passive recreation area adjacent to Munras Avenue. Nature trails, picnic tables, bike path

15. El Estero Park Complex
45-acre City-wide multi-use recreation area in the center of Monterey at Del Monte/Camino Aguajito/Fremont/Camino El Estero. Paddleboat concession at lake, group BBQ picnic area, exercise course, restrooms (reservations: 646-3866).
Home of the following:
– Dennis the Mennis Playground: Open daily 10 a.m. to dusk. Closed on non-holiday Tuesdays, September - May.
Montery Youth Center:777 Pearl Street. Multi-use recreation facility for youth, teen, and adult activities. Programming information: 646-3873.
– Frank E. Sollecito, Jr. Ballpark: Multi-use field, standard ball diamond (lighted), bleachers, restrooms. Programming Information:646-3969.
– Monterey Dance Studio: Wood dance floor, ballet bars. Programming information: 646-3873
– El Estero Boating Concession: 375-1484
– El Estero Snack Bar: Open weekends year round (summer, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 372-8446
Monterey Skate Park: Open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk. Located next to Lake El Estero behind Sollecito Ballpark.
Rules: 1) Skaters under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult; 2) All skaters are required to wear safety gear, including a helmet, knee and elbow pads and wrist/hand guards.

16. Iris Canyon Greenbelt
32.1-acre natural greenbelt area at Fremont & Iris Canyon Road.

17. Monterey Bay Waterfront Park/Window on the Bay
4.8-acre turf and landscaped areas adjacent to the beach. 5 sand volleyball courts, picnic and BBQ facilities. Reservations for volleyball/picnic: 646-3866

18. Peter J. Ferrante Park
1-acre league/softball diamond at Encina and Palo Verde off of Casa Verde Way. Bleachers, BBQ picnic area, tot play equipment. Programming information: 646-3969

19. Montecito Park
1acre neighborhood park at Montecito and Dela Vina. Play equipment, BBQ picnic area, half court basketball and restrooms. Reservations: 646-3866

20. Laguna Grande Regional Park
A 34.8-acre regional park (with 12-acre lake), straddling Monterey & Seaside at Del Monte & Virgin Ave. BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, bike & walking paths, restrooms.
Reservations: 646-3866

21. Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center
A 1.3-acre neighborhood park at Ramona and Euclid Avenues. Play equipment, turf, half basketball court, BBQ picnic area and multi-purpose facility. Reservations: 646-5665

22. Fisherman's Flats Park:
A 1.5-acre neighborhood park at Via Isola and San Vito Circle. Play equipment, turf, BBQ picnic area. Reservations: 646-3866

23. Deer Flats Park
A 1-acre neighborhood park on Deer Forest Road. Play equipment, turf area, picnic area and half basketball court. Reservations: 646-3866

24. Parks Division Corporation Yard
23 Ryan Ranch Road., off Highway 218/Highway 68 Junction. 646-3860

25. Monterey Bay Coastal/Recreational Trail
Ocean-front linear park system that spans the coastline 18 miles from Pacific Grove to Castroville, pedestrian and bicycling trail reaches from the Aquarium to the Seaside limits.

26. Cypress Park
1-acre neighborhood park located in New Monterey at Cypress and Hoffman. Tennis Court, play equipment, turf area and spectacular view of the bay.

27. Monterey Sports Center
3.2-acre site at Washington and Franklin. 30 meter pool, 6 meter therapeutic pool, 3 cross-court gym, weight training center, cardio fitness center, 2 group exercise studios, Kid Zone, restrooms, locker room, sun deck, and Sports Cafe and Pro Shop. 646-3700

28. Friendly Plaza
2-acre site located at Jefferson and Pacific. Turf area, benches, fountain and ornamental plantings. Site at historic Colton Hall.

29. Lagunita Mirada
1-acre hillside Rhododendron garden with ornamental bridge and shaded pathways at Fremont and Iris Canyon.

30. Del Monte Beach
Adjacent to Tide Avenue and Surf Way. Passive beach area, boardwalk, volleyball, sand dunes, and picnic tables and benches.

31. Quarry Park
10-acres of natural park at Via Gayuba and Via Del Pinar. Hiking trail in wooded setting.

32. Lower Presidio Historic Park
26-acres on the Presidio of Monterey with scenic views of the bay and historic monuments.

33. Soldier Field
9.5-acres multi-use sports field with 3 baseball diamonds. Use shared with the Military.

34. Spray Avenue Tot Lot
.10 acre neighborhood tot lot located on Spray Avenue. Play equipment for young children.

35. McAbee Beach City Park
.14 acre sand beach with accessible ramp located on Cannery Row at the ft of Hoffman. Ocean views and interpretative signage on the history of the site.

36. Laguna Grande Court Park
.07 acre Neighborhood Tot Lot located at the east end of Kolb Ave. Play equipment for small children.