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The City of Monterey Park Rules are found in Chapter 23 of the City Code. Chapter 23- Parks & Lakes

The City of Monterey has a dog park where your dog can run off leash. The park is located across from the Monterey Youth Center and the lake in El Estero Park. There are separate areas for small dogs and larger dogs. Water is available; however, you need to bring your own container.

The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Program approved $15,000 for construction of the park, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission selected the site. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Dog owners are advised to review the rules posted at the park entrance. While bags are provided for clean-up, it is essential to the success of the park that dog owners clean up after their dogs.

Rules & Licenses

While enjoying the outdoors with your dog, you can do your part to keep Monterey safe and clean for all. Know and follow the City’s dog safety laws:

  1. Dogs are prohibited in all parks with the exception of El Estero, Veteran’s Memorial, the Dog Park, along the Coastal Trail and on beaches east of Wharf II.
  2. When in public areas, all dogs must be on a leash that cannot exceed six feet in length.
  3. Dog owners are required to pick up their dogs' droppings. City ordinance prohibits anyone who owns or has custody of a dog to allow it to deposit excrement on public or private property without permission of the property owner. The person in charge of the dog will be required to clean up after it. Violation of the ordinance is considered an infraction and carries a fine of up to $100 for the first offense, up to $200 for the second and up to $500 for the third.
  4. Dog licenses are required in the City. For info call our Revenue Division at 646.3944 or by email. Fines range up to $100. For questions, call Police Dispatch at (831) 646-3914.

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546 Dutra Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Office: (831) 646-3866

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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 PM and 6 AM).

Dennis The Menace Playground: Open daily 10 a.m. to dusk. Closed on non-holiday Tuesdays, Sept. - May.

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