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Parks and Trails

Half Moon Bay City Trails and Parks


  • Carter Park: Pleasant Grassy area nestled in a redwood grove.
  • Fernandez Park: Picnic tables and gazebo located on Main Street.
  • Frenchman's Creek Park: Tot lot available for young children.
  • Mac Dutra Park: Information kiosk, picnic tables and public restrooms.
  • Oak Avenue Park: Neighborhood park with grassy area, picnic tables and restrooms.
  • Ocean View Park: Neighborhood park with grassy area, picnic tables, restrooms and BBQ area.

Adopt a Park Program


The Adopt-a-Park, Trail or Beach program allows a group of individuals from the community to adopt a specific park or specified location.  Groups should have at least four individuals to be qualified for the program. Volunteers can contribute by:

  • Picking up litter
  • Removing graffiti
  • Removing weeds
  • Paint and clean park benches, playground structures, BBQ's
  • Provide new park equipment with City approval
  • Report park hazards


The available City’s parks, trails and beach adoption Program:

Carter Park - Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company


Ocean View Park- Bob Tucker and La Petite Baleen


Frenchman’s Creek Park - STILL AVAILABLE

Smith Field Sports Facility -  Cameron's Restaurant, Pub and Inn

Kehoe Park - Friends of Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation

Poplar Beach - Sea Crest School (school year)

Coastside Children's Programs (Summer)

MacDutra Park - Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee

Surfer's Beach - Adopted by Wilkinson's School


  • To ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants, adequate adult supervision should be provided by the group for participating youth younger than 18 years of age.
  • Clean-up duties should only occur during daylight hours and under favorable weather conditions, unless otherwise approved.
  • Ideally a one year commitment of service to your adopted park, trail or beach.
  • Recommend volunteers perform tasks at their location once a month.
  • The Adopt-a-Park Program can also be implemented on a project basis as needed.
  • Volunteer are required to complete and sign the City’s liability release form prior to participation.
  • Already established organizations or 501c3 must have an volunteer agreement with the City that includes both hold harmless/indemnification and additionally insured status with full certification of insurance.


  1. Call the Public Works Superintendent at 650.726.7177.
  2. The Public Works Superintendent will meet with the Volunteer Liaison prior to the first event to coordinate park needs and/or supplies.
  3. A volunteer packet including volunteer rosters, liability release forms, and necessary contact information will be provided to the volunteer leader.
  4. Clean up dates will be coordinated with Public Works and will be scheduled around special events, park usage, or other planned cleanups.
  5. Prior to any volunteer activity, a signed Liability Release form must be provided for each member of the group.  Please click here for the form.
  6. A member of the Recreation Committee will act as a liaison to your volunteer group and will provide assistance and support when needed.