Description - The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District was created by local voter initiative in 1972 with the purpose to acquire and protect open space and open space resource values for public benefit.
- In the 30 years since its inception, the District has acquired over 20,000 acres of parklands and open space. While Garland Ranch Regional Park, located in Carmel Valley, and the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail are the most notable, there are many smaller parks and preserves that contribute significantly to the quality of life for local residents and visitors alike. To see a map and complete listing of all District parks and preserves, go to the official website of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, listed below.
Residents and visitors alike benefit from the spectacular natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. The region's ecologically diverse native landscapes, including undeveloped coastal dunes and wetlands, rocky shoreline, redwood canyons, Monterey pine terraces, and mixed hardwood flood plains are a major attraction for ecotourists, improve property values for property owners, and enrich the aesthetic quality of community life for all. The MPRPD was formed in order to preserve and protect as much of this natural beauty as possible for future generations.
Recreation - This large parks district provides a varied list of outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of the most popular activities offered include, hiking, viewing nature, picnicking, viewing wildlife, attending nature talks and programs, viewing scenery, and photography. Some parks offer opportunities for activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking and even ball games.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast Region is greatly influenced by proximity to the coast. The ocean has a moderating influence, with areas close to the coast experiencing cooler summers and warmer winters than areas further inland.
During spring and fall the sun shines most of the time in the Central Coast Region. Summer fogs can be thick and cool, especially close to the coast, while fall brings "Indian summer" when temperatures can reach into the high 80s. Most of the precipitation comes in the winter in the form of rain, turning the golden hillsides green.
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District's current boundaries cover over 500 square miles and include the seven incorporated cities on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley, and the Big Sur Coast.