Parks & Recreation
Midcoast Parks, Trails & Beaches
Devil's Slide Coast - from Mori Point to Pillar Point
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) - Rancho Corral de Tierra became the newest addition to GGNRA in December 2011. The 3800-acre Rancho is one of the largest swaths of undeveloped land on the SF peninsula.
GGNRA San Mateo County Vision 2014-2016
Rancho history - Overview Map - Dog-area map
Parks Conservancy, non-profit partner of GGNRA
State Parks: Almost the entire Montara coastline, from Gray Whale Cove to Pt Montara Lighthouse is state parkland (map). San Mateo Coast Sector Office is at Half Moon Bay SB: 726-8819.
San Mateo Coast State Parks Volunteer Study Guide
Gray Whale Cove SB
Montara SB & Montara mountain (aka McNee Ranch)
McNee Ranch hikes - map
McNee Ranch unofficial page
Pt Montara Light Station -- hostel
County Harbor District: Pillar Point Harbor
boat launch ramps, fishing pier, beaches, Coastal Trail, West Shoreline Trail.
Half Moon Bay beaches: Surfers’, Miramar
Neighborhood: Quarry Park Meadow/Community Garden, Burnham Strip (see GSD effort to reorganize as Community Services District with parks powers)
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Miramontes Ridge, Tunitas Creek
Recreation Programs and Facilities
Half Moon Bay Parks/Rec: community center, playfields
Cabrillo Unified School District: playfields
Sheriff's Activities League (SAL)
Boys and Girls Club
California State Parks Foundation
Coastside Land Trust
Coastside State Parks Association
Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Midcoast Park Lands & Friends of Quarry Park
San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
Surfrider Foundation - San Mateo County
Jan 2014 Midcoast Parks Forum
April 2013 presentation at MCC on County Parks projects.
Sept 2012 status report to MPRC
August 2010 presentation at MCC on County Parks projects
County's Midcoast Park District is headquartered at San Pedro Valley Park. 650-355-8289
- Fitzgeral Marine Reserve. More info at FMR Issues Page.
- Pillar Point Bluff & Marsh (part of FMR) - 2 bluff parcels acquired from POST in 2011. Marsh acquired in 1997.
- Mirada Surf - acquired 2002; Coastal Trail 2009; restroom installation at Magellan 2014.
- Quarry Park - acquired from Midcoast Park Lands 2008; playground improvements 2011, parking lot 2012. Wicklow property added 2014.
- Moss Beach Park - neighborhood park/playground built by volunteers in 2004, acquired by County in 2013 at request of community.
- Devil's Slide Coastal Trail & County Park, converted from the former highway, opened to the public in March 2014.
County Parks is the lead agency for the California Coastal Trail (CCT) in the Midcoast. The County has secured funding to plan the CCT connection at the missing link (400 ft of danger) at Surfer's Beach, and is coordinating the project with property owner (CalTrans) and jurisdiction (HMB & CCC).
County Parks 2008 Midcoast Action Plan (MAP) projects are funded by the Midcoast "Park Mitigation Fee". The fee, established in 2003, on all new and remodel construction, is to be used for Midcoast parkland development and improvements - not operations and maintenance. Midcoast Parks Development Fund income/expenditures report thru 2012 is here. The Midcoast Parks & Recreation Committee (MPRC), headed by County Parks, has guided the implementation of the MAP. Contact Sam Herzberg with questions or to get on the email notification list.
Reports & Plans
2010 CA Coastal Trail - Pillar Point to Mirada Surf
2008 Midcoast Action Plan for Parks & Recreation
2007 Recreation Needs Assessment Update: Summary - Montara - MossBeach - ElGranada - Princeton/Miramar
2002 Midcoast Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment:
-- Body (7mb) - Appendices (9mb)
-- Maps - population - existing & buildout (13mb)
-- Maps - trails, existing facilities, planning opportunities (12mb)
2002 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Master Plan
2010 Community Wildfire Protection Plan of San Mateo & Santa Cruz Co.
2009 Coral Reef Fuels Management Demonstration Project
Invasive Weeds pamphlet - San Mateo County
Don’t Plant a Pest! – alternatives for invasive garden plants for Bay Area
Vegetation Management Guidelines (12mb)
Weed Workers' Handbook
CA Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)