Living in Monterey

This is your City and we encourage you to participate. Attend public meetings and workshops, become a volunteer or participate in our public safety programs. Send us your suggestions by email, fax or voicemail. Learn about what's happening in the City by subscribing to City newsletters and watching our videos on the Monterey Channel (cable 25) or on-demand online. Become a fan of the City on Facebook, or watch shows about Monterey on YouTube. There is a lot you can do. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Ways to Participate

Monterey Sports Center
  • SPORTS - Learn and play Basketball, Wrestling, Martial Arts, Volleyball, and more!
  • CAMPS - Join our Sports and Cheerleading Camps, usually held during school breaks.
  • AQUATICS- Swim Lessons, Pre-Team Swim Training, Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor Course, Float Nights. The MSC also has two pools and a waterslide!
  • TEEN WORK EXPERIENCE - Develop leadership, organizational and supervisorial skills in a safe and fun camp environment.
  • FACILITY - Youth Memberships (6-17 years old) includes use of two pools, waterslide, gymnasium, weight training center* and cardio fitness center * (* for 13 years old and up; see Front Desk for more details.)
  • Please call 646-3730 for more information or go to
Community Centers

Each Community Center offers Teen Room hours daily!

They also offer after school programs and general interest classes ( i.e. Babysitter and First Aid Training, Wii Love Fridays, Game On, gymnastics, Beginning and Intermediate Piano and much more!) Recreation staff will supervise children in games, crafts, sports, homework and special activities. Each community center offers Family Night on a different night of the week.

Field Sports

Baseball Camp, Track & Field, Flag Football, Roller Hockey, Soccer and more! Contact Field Sports Office, 646-3969

Academic and Homework Help

Teen Zone at the Monterey Public Library
A section of the Library reserved specifically for teens that includes reading materials, an information kiosk, work space and computer access. This page also has links for homework help, special programs, ideas for projects, and youth collections.

Ask a Librarian
The Library provides brief answers, Web sources, research help, and information about Library collections and services. To search the Catalog, renew materials, or place a hold, Checkout

Jobs and Community Service

The City offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for teens from special events to ongoing assignments throughout the City. Contact Human Resources at 646-3719.

Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteer Opportunities with Monterey Recreation
Are you interested in gaining job skills, getting an introduction to customer service while working with children in our summer recreation programs? Teen volunteer positions are available including Camp “Lots-O-Tots”, Playground and Day Camp Programs or Community Center reception area and programs. Teens must be between 13-16 years of age and complete an interview/orientation process which includes fingerprinting and TB testing. For further information, please call Recreation Supervisor Shannon Leon at 646-3712 or email

CERT: Community Emergency Response Team
Learn what to do during a disaster, discover how you can react, assist your neighbors and survive in your own "backyard" should an emergency arise.

Teens 16 years or older who love being around children can earn money during summer by working for Monterey Recreation. More information can be found on the Monterey Recreation Seasonal Jobs page.

The Monterey Public Library may have afters chool and weekend employment opportunities shelving books as a Library Page. For more information please visit the Library Job Openings page.

Arts and Culture

Recreation Classes
Enjoy dance, photography, art, pottery, chess and cooking classes!

Museum Visits
Come visit historic Colton Hall Museum and the Presidio of Monterey Museum!
Teens 16 and older can become volunteer guides for community service. Call 646-3991

Bookmobile Services
The Bookmobile has eight stops at the community centers, schools, neighborhoods, and parks. Bookmobiles provide many of the same services as your library. You can search the Web, read a magazine (and check it out), check out books, DVDs, audiobooks etc. You can even request a book, and the Bookmobile will have it for you at your nearest stop!

play! Monterey Travel Program

Join Monterey’s most popular travel group-we offer a variety of tours throughout the year for adults of all ages. Traveling near and far on one-day outings, overnight excursions, and extended tours, we provide interesting and exciting adventures to satisfy travelers of all interests and all budgets. You can also give the gift of travel and adventure by purchasing a trip for a friend or family member. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis at the Scholze Park Center and must be pre-paid at the time of reservation. For a list of tours we are currently offering or to be added to our mailing list, please call (831) 646-3878 or visit us online at

Please Note: Trips must be paid for when reservations are made; there is no smoking on buses; all seats on the bus are reserved on a first-come basis. Refund policy: For all trips, no refunds after the registration deadline. Refund only if the space is resold. Space/tickets are non-transferable. There will be a $5 service charge assessed on cancellations of one-day trips. A $10 service charge will be assessed on tours longer than one day.

Family Market: Senior Produce Program

A nutritious program providing fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors and families. Sponsored by the Food Bank for Monterey County. Please call Scholze Park Center for updated schedule information at 646-3878. For all ages.

Day/Time: Mondays/ 10 am-12 pm
Location: Scholze Park Center

The Meal Connection

A perfect way to enjoy a healthy meal and participate in the many activities of the Center. Lunch is served four days a week at 11:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Reservations are appreciated; please call the Scholze Park Center, 646-3878. There is no lunch served on Wednesday.

Day/Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday/ 11:30 am
Location: Scholze Park Center
Fee: $6 Adults ($3 suggested donation for anyone 60 and over)

= non-city organization

Street Sweeping

North Fremont Backstage Pass

Old Fisherman's Wharf VIP Card