What is the Recreation Activity Guide? (top)
The City of Half Moon Bay’s Recreation Services Activity Guide is a catalog of upcoming programs, camps, classes and events for youth and adults and mailed to coastside residents three times a year. This Activity Guide may also be viewed online by clicking here - link to website and active.net and registering for classes, as well.
How to register for a class? (top)
Registering for a recreation class is easy and can be done four ways.
- Register directly on-line by going to
and clicking on the recreation page. Click the “Register Now” icon and follow the registration instructions
- Give us a call at 650-802-4382 and set up your family account over the phone
- Come on by in person. Our hours are Mon/Wed 1 - 4:30 pm and Tues/Thurs 8:30 am - 1 pm.
It’s that easy!
Do classes get cancelled? (top)
Yes. We never like to cancel classes but sometimes it becomes necessary due to low enrollment. In order to help insure the class or activity you are interested in takes place, please always pre-register by the prior Wednesday which allows us to determine if the class will commence or be cancelled. If the class is cancelled, you will be issued a full refund.
Can I get a class refund? (top)
A refund policy is available, less $13 administration fee, given up to 3 days before a class starts. Refunds will be pro-rated after class has started with Supervisor/Instructor approval. A complete refund will be given for all classes cancelled by the Recreation Services by using the same method you initially paid for the class.
Can classes be pro-rated? (top)
Pro-rating classes are entirely up to the individual instructor; many instructors offer a make-up session for students who are unable to make a certain class.
What is the difference between a resident fee and non-resident fee and why do non-residents pay more? (top)
Residents of Half Moon Bay reside within the city limits and non-residents reside in the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County which includes all areas north of Medio in Miramar and south of Miramontes Point Road (excluding the west side). Non-residents play taxes directly to the county and do not directly support services, therefore, the City has implemented a $13 non-resident fee to offset the absence of tax base support for recreation services.
TEACHING A CLASS FOR THE RECREATION DIVISION
How can I teach a class for the Recreation Division? (top)
Recreation Services sponsor an array of classes in many subject areas to enrich lives of the people of our community and we are always looking for new offerings. Visit the Recreation website and click on the link “City Wide Forms - Teaching a Rec Class Application and Procedures” to get started!
ADVERTISING IN THE RECREATION ACTIVITY GUIDE
How can I advertise in the Activity Guide? (top)
To advertise in the Recreation Services upcoming Activity Guide, please contact the Recreation Division at (650) 802-4382 for information and fees.
THE ROLLIE WRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Are scholarships available for Recreation classes and programs? How may I donate? (top)
Yes! The Rollie Wright Sponsorship Fund was established to celebrate the life and work of our former Parks and Recreation Director who passed away from cancer and is available to qualifying coastal residents for all ages! These opportunities have been made possible by generous donations from individuals and businesses. Visit the Recreation Services website and click on the link “Rollie Wright Sponsorship Fund and Procedures” to apply.
The best way to donate to this wonderful program is either by adding as much as you want to the donation line on the class registration form itself or mailing a check directly to our offices. Working together we can help our community participate in activities that enhance lives. Thank you for your support.
THE HALF MOON BAY RECREATION COMMITTEE
Recreation Committee Information (top)
The Parks and Recreation Committee consists of five members who serve four-year terms and are nominated by individual Councilmembers and approved by the City Council as a whole (link). Meetings are held at the City Hall located at 501 Main Street in Half Moon Bay (link to map/directions) at 7:00 pm every fourth Wednesday of the month. Agendas are posted the Friday before and packets can be reviewed at the Half Moon Bay Library, City Hall or at the Recreation Services offices.
How can I address the Recreation Committee? (top)
Members of the public are invited to address the Committee at their meetings, held the second Thursday of each month.
- Please fill out an “Audience Speaker Request Form” at the meeting and submit it to the Recording Secretary. Do this prior to the meeting or before the item is heard which will ensure that your name is called for the item(s) that you wish to address, and it will help ensure the meeting runs smoothly for all participants.
- When the Committee reaches your item on the agenda, the Chairperson will call your name to address your item.
How can I contact the Recreation Committee members? (top)
Give us a call at 650-726-8270 and we'll make sure your message gets sent!
How do I rent a City Facility and what do I need? (top)
The City of Half Moon Bay has two facilities available for rent. The Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center (535 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay- link to map) is the perfect location for family gatherings, wedding receptions, community events and more, as well as, smaller meeting rooms available to accommodate your needs.
Click to view facility Fees.
Cleaning and Damage Deposit Required - A deposit is required, as well as, the Facility Application and User Permit form in order to secure your booking. The balance must be paid ten (10) days prior to your scheduled event date. Excessive cleaning required after usage and any damage to the facility or equipment will be deducted from your deposit. The City reserves the right to deduct any unpaid rental fees from the deposit. Your full deposit will be returned to you by mail within 10 working days after your event if no damages or excessive cleaning were done.
Staffing – Our friendly and dedicated staff is required at all events held at the Community Center only which is included in the price. If alcohol is being served during an event, then two (2) staff members are required to be present at an additional cost of $16/hr.
Set-Up and Clean-Up Time - All users are responsible for all set up and clean up of their event. Please bring cleaning supplies, including brooms, mops, soaps, to ensure your full deposit is returned. A staff member will provide you with a checklist of what needs to be done.
Insurance is Required - A Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $2,000,000,naming the City of Half Moon Bay as additional insured, is required for all events. You may purchase insurance from the City, if necessary.
What kind of Equipment is Available - The Ted Adcock Community/Senior center has the following equipment for use which is included in the price: Chairs – 300 available, Tables – 14 10’x 3’ and 8 round, a podium, two screens, a TV/VCR, piano and mirrors.
Another facility the City offers to rent is the peaceful and quiet setting of the Historical Ocean Shore Train Depot (110 Higgins Purissima Road in Half Moon Bay - link to map) perfect for workshops, seminars and classes (sorry, parties are not allowed). (Link to fees)
Cleaning and Damage Deposit Required - A $100 deposit is required, as well as, the Facility Application and User Permit form in order to secure your booking. The balance must be paid ten (10) days prior to your scheduled event date. Excessive cleaning required after usage and any damage to the facility or equipment will be deducted from your deposit. The City reserves the right to deduct any unpaid rental fees from the deposit. Your full deposit will be returned to you by mail within 10 working days after your event if no damages or excessive cleaning were done.
Staffing – The Train Depot is not staffed by a City employee, but instead it will be the responsibility of the applicant to pick up the key at the Recreation Division offices, located at 535 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, secure the facility at the end of your use and return the key back to us.
Set-Up and Clean-Up Time - All users are responsible for all set up and clean up of their event by. A vacuum is available for your convenience. Also, you are required to take any garbage you may have being there is no trash pick-up available at that location.
How do I rent the Smith Field Sports Facility? (top)
Smith Field is located on Wavecrest and is available for softball and soccer use on Smith #3 only. A $200 deposit is required, as well as, the Facility Application and User Permit form in order to secure your booking. The balance must be paid ten (10) days prior to your scheduled event date. A Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $2,000,000, naming the City of Half Moon Bay and Peninsula Open Space Trust as additional insured, is required. (Link to fees)
How many Parks are in the City and what amenities do they offer? (top)
The City of Half Moon Bay have seven parks available:
Carter Park - Pleasant grassy area nestled in a redwood grove – link to map
Fernandez Park - Picnic tables and gazebo located on Main Street - link to map
Frenchman’s Creek Park - Tot lot available for young children - link to map
Kehoe Park - Tot lot available for young children - link to map
Mac Dutra Park - Information kiosk, picnic tables and public restrooms - link to map
Oak Avenue Park - Neighborhood park with grassy area, picnic tables and restrooms - link to map
Ocean View Park - Neighborhood park with grassy area, picnic tables, restrooms and BBQ area - link to map
How do I rent a City Play Park? (top)
At this time, users are on a “first come first serve” basis so reservations are not needed.
Alcohol in City Parks (top)
Alcohol is not permitted in any of the City Parks, including the Smith Field Sports Facility.
STATE PARKS AND BEACHES
Can I reserve camping grounds with your office? (top)
No, please call State Parks and Beaches (link) to make your camping reservations.
No, open pit fires are prohibited at all beaches within the city of Half Moon Bay, and at all State Park beaches in San Mateo County.
SUMMER EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
OCTOBER'S HALF MOON BAY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
What is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival? (top)
The Pumpkin Festival was created by the Main Street Beautification Committee in 1970 as a means of restoring historic downtown Half Moon Bay and since then the festival has helped raise several million dollars for civic projects and community service organizations throughout the coastside. For dates and more information on this wonderful festival, please call the info line at (650) 726-9652 or go to www.miramarevents.com.
At this time, the City is not accepting Memorial Bench applications until the next phase of the trail is completed along the bluffs south of Seymour.