Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Old Monterey Foundation


The Old Monterey Foundation was founded with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historic environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California.

The Big Idea

The Lower Historic Presidio Park is a public park that OMF is developing with the City of Monterey and the U. S. Army. We are creating a user-friendly park, complete with trails, signage and benches on this 26-acre site. The park is the most historic site in Monterey. Visitors will learn about the Rumsian/Ohlone and Esselen tribes that inhabited the area before the Spanish landed in 1602. Monuments include include the El Castillo(Spanish), Bouchard raid (Argentinian), Sloat Landing, and Father Serra; the latter two on the National Historic Register. Our focus is to educate school children and visitors to the park on its historical significance with tours, signage and brochures. Public parks play an important role in bringing the community together; it is also a place for learning, you are able to see the diversity of cultures and different identities that make up your local area. Studying history provides us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Students will be able to investigate the history of their hometown as part of town history project.

The efforts of the Old Monterey Foundation over the past three years have turned an unknown historic area into a jewel of an historic park available to all members of the public. With handicapped accessible trails, historic signs, benches, and picnic tables, our citizens and visitors have every reason to visit the Lower Historic Presidio Park for spectacular views and history right in downtown Monterey.

- Dan Albert Jr.