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Parks and Trails

Half Moon Bay City Trails and Parks

The City Council adopted the Highway 1 Trail master plan in 2009 after extensive public reviews.

The City implemented a variety of Highway 1 Trail Improvement projects with the assistance of grant funding from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the State Transportation Development Act program, and the Federal Highway Regional Bikeway program.


  • 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 from the community are invited to participate and should have at least four individuals to be qualified for the program, and may include children and adults. A maximum number of groups that can adopt one park may be designated due to size, usage, or other issues specific to the site. Volunteers can contribute by doing any of the following:

  • Litter pick up and removal
  • Clean up and removal of graffiti
  • Removing weeds
  • Paint and clean park amenities such as benches, playground structures, barbeques and buildings
  • Provide new park equipment as approved by the City
  • Report park hazards


The available City’s parks, trails and beach for the Program are:

Carter Park - Adopted by the Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company


Ocean View Park- Adopted by Bob Tucker and La Petite Baleen

Coastside Trail -  STILL AVAILABLE

Frenchman’s Creek Park - STILL AVAILABLE

Smith Field Sports Facility -  STILL AVAILABLE

Kehoe Park - Adopted by the Friends of Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation

Poplar Beach - Adopted by Sea Crest School (school year) and the Coastside Children's Programs (Summer)

MacDutra Park - Adopted by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee

Surfer's Beach - Adopted by Wilkinson's School


Volunteers will consist of groups and people interested in improving Half Moon Bay’s neighborhood parks, 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. And, clean-up duties should only occur during daylight hours and under favorable weather conditions, unless otherwise approved.


We ask for a minimum commitment of one year of service to your adopted park, trail or beach. We also ask that volunteers perform tasks at their location a minimum of once a month. The Adopt-a-Park Program can also be implemented on a project basis as needed.

Each volunteer is 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. Please complete the Adoption Proposal Form (available here) and submit to City Hall via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to 501 Main St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.  For questions please contact Barbara at City Hall 650-726-7177.
  2. The City of Half Moon Bay will contact you if there are additional questions and to coordinate your first event.  
  3. The Public Works Department will meet with the Volunteer Liaison prior to the first event to coordinate park needs and/or supplies.
  4. A volunteer packet including volunteer rosters, liability release forms, and necessary contact information will be provided to the volunteer leader.
  5. Clean up dates will be coordinated with Public Works and will be scheduled around special events, park usage, or other planned cleanups.
  6. 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.
  7. A member of the Recreation Committee will act as a liaison to your volunteer group and will provide assistance and support when needed.