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Family and Senior Drive Thru Produce Distribution

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Face masks are required when picking up your food.

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Meals for Seniors

Drive Thru Meals Available Now:

Are you over 60 years of age and in need of a warm meal? If so, Monterey Recreation and Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula is offering a DRIVE THRU meal pick-up program. Meals for seniors will be offered Tuesday through Friday from 11am-noon at the El Estero Park/Dennis the Menace Parking Lot. Face masks are required when picking up your meals.

For more information and to make a reservation, please email or call Monterey Recreation at (831) 646-3866 and leave a message for staff.

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Virtual Recreation Programs Register Here!

Creative Brain® Learning and More!

Monterey Recreation is excited to announce a partnership with Creative Brain® Learning to offer fun and enriching virtual learning opportunities. A variety of classes will be offered for children ages 5-15 years. Classes are designed to engage participants in mind-expanding learning opportunities while also being creative and FUN!

Register Now - Space is limited!

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Have questions or need assistance registering, email

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It's time to play! MontereyActivity Guide

We offer hundreds of programs for everyone from tots to teenagers and older adults. From organized team sports to crafts and cultural activities, we've got something for everyone!

Monterey Recreation is currently planning for Summer 2021 Activities. Check back here for updates. Summer Camp Program Flyer Available Now!

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"Monterey Recreation is dedicated to making the community better now and in the future by providing recreational programs and facilities that promote healthy lifestyles, strong families and positive youth development while striving to increase the social, cultural and physical well-being for all ages."

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Give Blood, Save Lives

American Red Cross Blood Drive
at El Estero Park Center
777 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Blood drives will be held once per month from 10:00am-2:00pm - Apr. 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, Aug. 20, Sep. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 30, Dec. 10. Please consider registering for one of the monthly blood drives at the El Estero Park Center.

To schedule your appointment use the donate button below or for more information visit: and enter Sponsor Code: Monterey or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Due to COVID-19, no day of walk-in appointments will be accepted.

Please consider signing up to donate. El Estero Park Center will be offering regularly scheduled blood drives over the coming months.For information, please email

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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


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