The North County Parks system was transferred to the Parks Department from the Buildings and Grounds Department. The system consisted of: Royal Oaks Park, Memorial Park in Monterey, Jetty Beach at Moss Landing, Marina Beach and Dunes, Zmudowski Beach near Moss Landing, Marina Community Center, Carmel Del Mesa, Juniopero Serra Monument in Carmel, Pajaro Tot Lot, and numerous other service areas and donated parcels of land.
June 16, 1967
San Antonio Recreation Area opened to the public. Cost $4.5 million.
January 30, 1968
Everett Gael resigned as Parks Director; went to work for the Merced Irrigation District.
April 30, 1968
Earl Smith hired as second Director of Parks. He came from Santa Clara County where he was assistant director under William Penn Mott. Earl’s main goal was to finalize the acquisition of the property for Toro Regional Park which had been in process for many years.
Toro Park property was acquired. There were many parcels of land involved, some gifts. At 4,756 acres, it was boasted to be the largest regional park in the state.