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22 April 2021
04/22/2021: Registration for Monterey Recreation Summer Programs Now Open!

04/22/2021: Registration for Monterey Recreation Summer Programs Now Open!

It’s time to register for Summer Camp programs with City of Monterey Recreation! A wide variety of summer programs are planned for all ages. We are offering the following camps and programs plus much more. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

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15 April 2021
Laguna Grande Regional Joint Powers Agency Special Meeting, April 21, 2021

Laguna Grande Regional Joint Powers Agency Special Meeting, April 21, 2021

A Laguna Grande Regional Joint Powers Agency (JPA) Special Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The JPA is made up of Board Members: City of Seaside Mayor Pro Tem Dave Pacheco, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Board Member Kevin Raskoff, and City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson.

On the April 21st agenda is a proposal to hire consultant, Bellinger Foster Steinmetz, to create a trail maintenance strategy and conduct an environmental review. The Request for Proposal describes the scope of work to include a comprehensive trail maintenance plan that incorporates public and stakeholder input. The strategy aims to: 1) improve the existing park conditions and (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA accessibility; 2) establish regular maintenance of shrubs and trees; 3) curtail invasive plant species; 4) assess habitat restoration opportunities; and 5) amplify trail access through upkeep, signage, and identifying major access points, all in order to encourage public safety and additional passive as well as active uses of the Park through a planned maintenance program.  NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

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12 April 2021
04/12/2020: Dennis the Menace Playground, Basketball Courts, Picnic and BBQ Areas Reopening

04/12/2020: Dennis the Menace Playground, Basketball Courts, Picnic and BBQ Areas Reopening

It’s been nearly a year (April 29, 2020) since the closing of City parks due to the State’s Stay at Home Order caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. While neighborhood parks reopened March 5, 2021, a new emergency order signed Friday, April 9, 2021, expands the reopening of all City of Monterey playgrounds including Dennis the Menace Playground, picnic tables and barbeque areas, and the public basketball courts. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Dennis the Menace Playground at El Estero Park Complex will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to sunset, and 1:00 p.m. to sunset on Mondays. All other playgrounds are open to the public during the opening hours posted pursuant to City Code section 23-5.  NEWS RELEASE IN PDF | EMERGENCY ORDER

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23 March 2021
03/23/2021: Summer Job Openings with Monterey Recreation - Apply Today!

03/23/2021: Summer Job Openings with Monterey Recreation - Apply Today!

Are you creative, responsible, enthusiastic, enjoy being around children and working outdoors? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect summer job for you! Applications for Recreation Leaders, Senior Recreation Leaders, and Field Sports Recreation Leaders are now being accepted for Summer 2021 programs. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

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05 March 2021
03/05/2021: City of Monterey Neighborhood Playgrounds Reopen - Sports to Reopen Mid-March with Some Restrictions

03/05/2021: City of Monterey Neighborhood Playgrounds Reopen - Sports to Reopen Mid-March with Some Restrictions

Today the City Manager signed a new emergency order reopening many City of Monterey Playgrounds and ordering fields to reopen soon. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF | EMERGENCY ORDER

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31 August 2020
08/31/2020: Virtual Recreation Programs with Creative Brain® Learning and Monterey Recreation

08/31/2020: Virtual Recreation Programs with Creative Brain® Learning and Monterey Recreation

Monterey Recreation is excited to announce a partnership with Creative Brain® Learning to offer fun and enriching virtual learning opportunities. Creative Brain® Learning is a leading provider of quality enrichment education classes and camps in science, technology, engineering, visual and media arts, health and wellness and more. Focusing on education and “creative learning”, Creative Brain® Learning programs have consistently exceeded the latest quality standards in extended learning and are designed to serve the needs of the students and parents, the school and community by enhancing the distance learning curriculum. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

13 March 2020
03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

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City Manager Hans Uslar issued a local emergency proclamation today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation will come before the Monterey City Council for ratification at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The emergency proclamation coincides with the State’s recent executive orders that provide cities more ability and resources to help contain the new virus. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak. 

First on the list of new protocols are city facility closures, and city programs and event cancellations or postponements beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31, 2020. 

“Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of the Monterey community.  While our community centers, library, museums, and sports center are valued by residents, visitors, and the public, we know that social distancing works and that these closures will help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “The Monterey community is compassionate, caring, and resilient.  Together, the City of Monterey and its residents, businesses and neighbors, will persevere through this epidemic and protect our community.” 

The City’s decisions are based on the Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directive of three criteria for closures or cancellations: 1) if the gathering involves
over 250 people; 2) if the event allows people to maintain a six foot distance from one another; and 3) if the event attracts people in the high-risk category. The City also considered whether the service or event is essential.

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12 February 2020
02/12/2020: Summer Job Openings with Monterey Recreation

02/12/2020: Summer Job Openings with Monterey Recreation

 Are you creative, responsible, enthusiastic, enjoy being around children and working outdoors? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect summer job for you! Applications for Day Camp Counselors, Playground Leaders, Resident Camp Cook, Resident Camp Counselors, Resident Camp Support Staff, and Field Sports Recreation Leaders are now being accepted at the Monterey Recreation office. Applicants need to be 16 years of age or older. Application deadline is Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
 

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