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Recreation and Entertainment

Recreation and Entertainment

Monrovia offers a temperate climate and beautiful California landscape for visitors and residents alike. Monrovia has more than 140 developed acres of hiking and camping terrain, a City Community Center, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.

Monrovia offers many community activities throughout the year; A Taste of Old Town, Halloween activities, art walks, concerts in Library Park, Mothers’ Day historic home tours and the Friday Night Family Festival on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town and the popular Holiday Parade in December. The Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 has become a popular entertainment venue in Monrovia’s Old Town. Many new restaurants and specialty shops have grown around the theatre to complete the Old Town Monrovia experience.

Community Services Department

The City Department of Community Services is in the business of serving people and creating an environment where people want to live, work and play. This is accomplished via leisure opportunities, access to knowledge and information, preservation of the natural resources and fostering a sense of community. This sense of community comes from the events that are designed to bring neighbors together to enjoy an evening of entertainment, take a class, join a book discussion group at the library or hike the trails in Canyon Park. Monrovia Community Services provides residents with quality of life, year-round recreation and library services that are designed to meet the leisure, social, educational, physical and cultural needs of residents.

The Community Services Department has rich and unique facilities available to rent for special occasion gatherings such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, family reunions and retirement parties. Facilities include the Monrovia Community Center and the Historical Museum.

The Community Services Recreation Division also makes parks available to the public for drop-in and reservation-based gatherings. There are seven city parks including Recreation Park, Library Park, Grand Avenue Park, Julian Fisher Park, Rotary Park, Olive Avenue Park and the crown jewel, Canyon Park, which is tucked into the foothills above Monrovia. Canyon Park’s hiking trails wind through wooded glens and along rippling streams to a mountain waterfall. When visitors step into the park they step away from the urban reality of Southern California into a timeless mountain environment rich in plant and animal life. Canyon Park also offers a cabin conference center. The cabin is a multi-purpose facility that accommodates rentals for business meetings, trainings and seminars in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Community Services Recreation Division

The Library Division serves the community’s needs through Adult Services, Youth Services, Circulation Services and Literacy. All these services are provided out of the new, state-of-the-art, 28,000-square-foot facility equipped with a technology center, community room ideal for meetings and special events, a children’s story time room, self-check machines and the Heritage Room, which houses special materials representing Monrovia’s history such as Monrovia High School Year Books and the Upton Sinclair collection. The Library maintains a collection of more than 120,000 volumes ranging from children’s picture and chapter books to adult best sellers and reference materials.

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