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Parks & Playgrounds


Forest Hill Park
Camino del Monte Road
This is a beautiful park perfect for kids of all ages. The park's features include obstacle courses, swings, slides, tennis courts tucked away in the back of the park and a long trail that winds through the forest.


Carmel Valley

Ford Road Park - Carmel Valley Community Youth Center
25 Ford Rd (Between Via Contenta and Woodside Drive)
15 minutes inland from Highway 1 and 20 degrees warmer! This park and Community Center has it all - pool, playground, open field and special events throughout the year. To keep the Youth Center open, the Community Center relies on donations. To learn more about the park and CVCYC go to www.cvcyc.org


Dennis the Menace Park
Pearl Street
Without a doubt, this is the best and most famous park on the peninsula. The park is located in downtown Monterey next to Lake El Estero. The park opened in 1956 and was created by cartoonist Hank Ketchum and local sculptor Arch Gardner. Through the years the park has gone through major renovations, and continues to offer loads of fun for kids of all ages! Map

Hilltop Park
871 Jessie Street (Between Prescott and David Avenue)
This is a fantastic 2.8 acre neighborhood park in New Monterey. Play equipment, turf area, picnic area, BBQ, tennis court, basketball court and meeting/multi-purpose facility. Great for parties.

Oak Newton Park
Oak Street (off of Hoffman)
2.5 acre neighborhood park in New Monterey at Oak and Newton Streets. Play equipment, turf area, open and covered BBQ picnic areas, restrooms and half basketball courts.

Archer Park Center & Hoffman Park
542 Archer Street
(831) 646-3866
1.6 acre park and activity center in New Monterey on Archer Street between Hoffman and McClellan. Meeting rooms, turf area, play equipment, multi-use area, group BBQ picnic area and basketball court. Beautiful views of the bay.

Veteran's Memorial Park
(831) 646-3865
50 acre park with overnight group camping, walking trails, BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf playfield, at end of Skyline Drive at Veteran's Drive. Accessible campsite available.

Laguna Grande Regional Park
Canyon Del Rey (Off of Del Monte near the Embassy Suites Hotel)
(831) 646-3866
A 3.4 acre regional park with 12 acre lake straddling Monterey and Seaside at Del Monte and Virigin Avenue. BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, bike and walking paths and restrooms. Beautiful park and great for parties.

Via Paraiso Park
Off of Herrmann Drive
(831) 646-3866
10.6 acre multi-use neighborhood park at Via Paraiso and Herrmann Drive. Includes Peter J. Aldrete ballfield, tennis courts, play equipment, half basketball court, group BBQ picnic area, restrooms.

Pacific Grove

Earl "Topper" Arnett Park
Piedmont and Moreland Avenue (Off of David Avenue)
(831) 648-5730
This neighborhood park has playground equipment, a baseball diamond, group picnic area with three picnic tables, and a barbecue grill (accommodates up to 25 people). A fee of $50.00 and a use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit and ball field. Apply in person at the Recreation Department. Permits can be obtained from the Recreation Department.

George Washington Park
Short Street to Sinex Avenue
(831) 648-5730
George Washington Park is the largest of Pacific Grove’s city parks. It is six blocks long (from Short Street to Sinex Avenue) between Melrose and Alder Streets. Most of the park is natural appearing, unimproved forest land that offers important wildlife habitat. The park also contains picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, a large play structure, and a baseball field. A fee of between $50-$100 (depending on group size) and use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit, and ball field.

Caledonia Park
Caledonia between Central & Jewell (behind the Post Office)
(831) 648-5730
Caledonia Park contains an open-space free-play area, tots' play area, ADA compliant playground and climbing equipment for older children, a baseball field, basketball court, picnic tables, and restrooms. No permit is required for the playground facilities at Caledonia Park unless you intend to have an inflatable "bounce house" structure, which requires a $25 fee, completion of use permit and company proof of liability insurance.



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