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Facilities and Recreation


All four of Monterey's Community Centers are located in the neighborhoods. They offer interesting programs for every age group with various interests. You can also throw private parties, hold non-profit organization meetings and special events at the Centers. Find out more about these exciting opportunities in your neighborhood.
The Monterey Conference Center is a one-of-a-kind destination offering exceptional service and amenities in a beautiful waterfront setting. It is a choice venue for conferences, trade shows, meetings and other special occasions. For more information, visit www.montereyconferencecenter.com/
Cementerio El Encinal is situated in the heart of Monterey City overlooking El Estero Lake. At this beautiful and serene park-like setting, generations of families of Monterey rest amongst its many oaks. A full range of burial services is available.
Visit this page for more information.
Historic Monterey Harbor is located in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest Marine Sanctuary in the world. Monterey Bay provides a natural setting for the Monterey Harbor and the Monterey Municipal Marina. Located in the City of Monterey along Del Monte Avenue, the Harbor and Marina provide access to a variety of recreational, as well as, commercial opportunities for residents and visitors alike in this scenic setting.
Visit the Harbor and Marina section for more information.
Meeting rooms for public groups are available at the Monterey Public Library, the Community Centers, and the Conference Center.
The Monterey Public Library is the largest public library on the Monterey Peninsula. It houses an extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Web services, microforms and unique historical collections. It also plays a significant role in preserving Monterey's memory. Find out more about this welcoming cultural and learning center here.
Built by the community for the community. The Monterey Sports Center is conveniently located in Downtown Monterey at 301 E. Franklin Street, just off Del Monte Avenue. On top of the excellent sports facilities, you can also sign up for a wide range of activities here. You could even throw a party right here at the Sports Center! Find out more
The City of Monterey owns and operates four parking garages that are available for public use. The City of Monterey owns and operates numerous parking lots through out the City that are available for public use. The lots are listed by area, Cannery Row, Downtown, and Waterfront Lots. For parking lots with pay stations, parking is only valid for the specific lot as indicated on the ticket. For details visit the Parking Division web pages
Check out our Parks and Beaches section, conveniently located under the Departments Menu. It includes a map with directions and a listing of all our parks and beaches with amenities available. We are working to add further information on each of the parks as well.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

One of the most unique features in Monterey County is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. This paved path stretches 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. Commuters, residents, and visitors to avoid busy roads, get exercise or enjoy a scenic trip. You can enjoy all Monterey attractions along the waterfront trail, including Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, beaches, parks, historic sites and Downtown Monterey. Several local businesses offer bicycle, kayak, surfboard, paddle board, in-line skate and surrey (canopied quadricycles capable of seating up to six people) rentals along the path. Every mile offers scenic vistas and wildlife viewing, including harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, birds and sometimes even whales!

Window on the Bay

Since the City's Master Plan of 1939, the City of Monterey has had the vision of acquiring open space and providing public access to our waterfront. The Window on the Bay Park is the result of these efforts. This beautiful park runs alongside Monterey State Beach, Del Monte Ave and the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. There are plenty of recreational opportunities and scenic vistas.
Monterey offers various venues for your sporting interests. Find out more about our award-winning Monterey Tennis Center, or come for a baseball match at out sports fields such as the El Estero Park Complex, Soldier Field, Jacks Ballpark. Click here for the locations.
Visit here to reserve ball fields.