Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

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

Building community by providing benches to reflect on the views and monuments at the most historic site in Monterey.

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 and visitors will learn about the Rumsian/Ohlone tribes that inhabiated the area before the Spanish landed. Monuments also include include the El Castillo(Spanish) Bouchard raid (Argentian), Sloat Landing, and Father Serra.
Public parks play an important role in bringing the community together; it is in these places that people meet with friends, enjoy time with their family or relax on their own; 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. This is why it is important that the LPHP is welcoming and offers a place to rest for all ages. Seating gives people a stopping point, whether it be for lunch, for a rest, or simply a place to sit and take in the scenery.The park has beautiful views of the Monterey Bay and with the completion of benches in the park, it provides a place to reflect on our history and natural beauty.

Sitting on the top of the Monterey Bay, I reflect on all the
historic events that have occurred on the Lower Presidio.
I am so pleased that Old Monterey Foundation is developing this incredibly
scenic area as a park for residents and visitors.

— Clyde Robertson, Age 65, Monterey