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Monterey County Parks & Recreation Digest

Pico Partners in Negotiations to Buy Boy Scout Camp in Big Sur


Pico Partners, an entity made up of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, Camp Krem Camping Unlimited, and the White Stag Leadership Development Academy have entered into an agreement.

Moss Landing Segment of Scenic Trail on Hold ‘Indefinitely’


Tthe wait for a safe trail crossing the Moss Landing harbor just got longer after Caltrans employees discovered a deteriorating retaining wall.

President Biden Announces New National Monument Near Nevada-California Border


Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will protect sacred Native American sites, wildlife.

No Reservations Needed to Visit Yosemite National Park Next Year


For the first time in three years, visitors won't need to book ahead to enter the park in 2023.

Seaside Seeks Qualified Firm for Its Parks Master Plan


Seaside is seeking a qualified consultant to develop a plan for city parks. “A lot has changed since 2005, when the city last did a Parks and Recreation Master Plan,” said Seaside Recreation Director Dan Meewis. Creating the plan would involve city staff, advisory bodies, and members of the community.

Del Rey Oaks Segment of FORTAG Gets Theme


The Del Rey Oaks City Council heard a presentation on the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project that on the coastal theme chosen for the segment that runs through the city.

Marina City Council Approves Concessionaire for Equestrian Park


After a contentious meeting, the Marina City Council voted 3-2 to approve a concessionaire agreement with Chaparral Country Corp. of Woodside to provide recreation facilities and public programs at the Marina Equestrian Center Park.

How Wildfires Are Transforming California’s Landscapes


All over California, wildfires have ravaged iconic landscapes. Places that once seemed permanent are disappearing—and researchers are having to rethink how best to protect them.

State Park Burn Restrictions Advance Toward Passing


Senate Bill 1012, a law that will require California State Parks to restrict open fires, has been unanimously passed through the Committee of Water, Parks, and Wildlife. The bill instructs parks to work with the guidelines of local fire departments. The bill could appear before the full assembly in August.

Del Rey Oaks: Measure B Shows Lagging Support


A ballot measure that would block a trail project through Del Rey Oaks is lagging in early returns with only 48.88% of the votes needed for passage. But the difference between passage of the measure and defeat is only 10 votes.

Bureau of Land Management Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions


The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions for lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office, which covers San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey and western Fresno counties. These restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order.

Marina’s Hilltop Park in Dunes Development Takes Root


Planning on Hilltop Park in Marina is underway as the Marina City Council has heard recommendations from its ad-hoc committee and given direction for the final design on the city park, to be located within The Dunes on Monterey Bay development.

Bureau of Land Management Looking for Council Members


The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for positions on its California Desert District Advisory Council, Central California Resource Advisory Council, and Northern California District RAC.

Seaside to Open Eucalyptus Road, Marking 10-Year Anniversary of Fort Ord National Monument


On May 21, the city of Seaside will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Eucalyptus Road, providing greater access to the Fort Ord National Monument. The street is currently only accessible to cyclists and pedestrians and will be officially open to vehicles.

Salinas Residents to Weigh in on New Rec Center


North Salinas residents could soon see major improvements in their neighborhood. The Salinas City Council has approved $8.1 million for a new recreational center in Laurel Park and will solicit feedback from citizens before work begins.

Fate of Proposed Del Rey Oaks Trail Segment to be Decided by Voters


Measure B, a ballot measure opposing the 1.5-mile segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project in Del Rey Oaks, is going before the city’s voters on June 7. If it wins, the measure could derail plans to connect the 28-mile bicycle and pedestrian project to the existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

Monterey County Supervisors Approve $9.7 Million for Laguna Seca Repairs


With approval of $9.7 million in funding, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors have put crucial repairs on track for completion by the 2023 racing season at the famous WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca.

Visiting a State Park? Use Your Library Card


Residents can now use their library cards to check out day passes for free access to more than 200 state parks. The move is part of a collaboration between California State Parks and the California State Library to provide more equitable outdoor access for all Californians.

Should the Scenic Road Pathway Have More Benches?


The members of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s forest and beach commission are arguing that any new sitting areas should be based on the public’s need to sit down, not individuals’ need to memorialize loved ones.

Protecting the Pinnacles Raptors From Park-Goers


In Pinnacles National Park, back in the mid-1980s, park-goers used to climb too close to nesting raptors, causing the birds to abandon their eggs. Park managers came up with a raptor monitoring program, which continues to protect the birds today.

Unfettered by Fences, Cattle Are Running Roughshod Over Toro Park


The 2020 River Fire, which was sparked by a dry lightning storm near Mt. Toro, burned over 40,000 acres and destroyed 30 structures. But it also burned a lot of infrastructure—including cattle fences.

California Salinas Rodeo Returns


With the California Salinas Rodeo returning for the first time since 2019, more than 10,000 tickets were sold on opening day. After COVID-19 closures the Rodeo came back with local vendors and competition.

Los Padres National Forest Reopens


Los Padres National Forest reopens on Sept. 23 after a three-week closure put into effect to prevent human-caused wildfires in the forest during the peak of fire season.

Changes Coming to Laguna Grande Park


Faced with overgrown vegetation and issues from persistent homeless encampments in Laguna Grande Park, the partners in the joint powers agency that manages the park—Monterey, Seaside, and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District—are stepping up to pay for a trail maintenance strategy and environmental review.

AMOR Salinas Beautification Program Kicks Off


The city of Salinas has started a new initiative to clean up the city and inspire a sense of pride in its residents. Mayor Kimbley Craig encouraged all facets of the community to get involved.

Greenfield Seeks Public Input on Recreational Programs


Greenfield held a public input meeting Aug. 26 with around 30 people sharing opinions on what type of recreational activities they would like to see in the city. Input was varied, but residents were vocal.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Folds


After 16 years of drawing birders from around the globe to Watsonville, the Monterey Bay Birding Festival has reached its end—another casualty of the pandemic.

National Forests in California Now Closed to Visitors


With fires roaring across California, the USDA Forest Service is closing all 20 million acres of the state’s national forests to public access for two weeks. The Forest Service said the closure will extend through at least Sept. 17.

‘People Were Saying It Might Not be Opened Again’


After the Soberanes Fire ravaged much of Big Sur in 2016, the following January brought floods that washed out the campground at Andrew Molera State Park. This month it finally reopened.

Disparities Between Two Salinas Parks Puts Infrastructure Budget in the Spotlight


When photos of two Salinas parks sparked questions on social media about how the city distributes resources, MC Weekly investigated. Among the takeaways: squeaky wheels get grease ... and so do neighborhoods served by Landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts.

Dogs May Run Free at Palo Corona ... or at Least in Part of It


Two couples who dubbed themselves the “Dog Park Four” have been pushing for a dog park on the Monterey Peninsula. This Saturday, a “Plan Your Park” open house will introduce people to plans for Palo Corona Regional Park that include an off-leash dog park, as well as other amenities.

State Budget Will Cover $4.5 Million for Point Sur Lighthouse


With the help of State Sen. John Laird, $4.5 million has been secured in the California budget for infrastructure renovations to Point Sur State Historic Park.

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