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Recreation Programs


The Parks and Playground Recreation Program offers after school recreation programs for elementary school aged children. These programs provide planned, organized and supervised activities designed to meet the recreational needs of children that attend.  On any given day you may find children participating in homework assistance, outdoor and indoor physical play, playing board games, arts ‘n crafts, clubs, field trips, special events, or PeeWee Cheerleaders. The following sites are available with afterschool programming: 

  • Arceo Park (summer season)
  • Gibson Mariposa Park
  • Lambert Park
  • Mt. View Park
  • Zamora Park
  • Cogswell School


Jr. Recreation Leader Volunteer Program

Designed to provide mentorship and leadership training to El Monte teens' grades 7-12. Participants will enhance life, work skills and on-the job training. This program emphasizes building leadership development, teamwork, professionalism and self-confidence. The Junior Recreation Leaders will work side-by-side with recreation staff for programs and events. Participants will be involved in the community and make a difference while earning community service credit. Teens will also participate in fun interactive activities throughout the year. 





 Pee Wee Cheerleading Program

The El Monte Community Services Department has an outstanding Pee Wee Cheerleading Program.  This wonderful program is offered at Gibson Mariposa, Lambert, Mt. View and Zamora Parks and is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls.  The girls have a terrific time making friends, being involved in community events, participating in parades, cheer clinics, slumber parties, field trips, performing at city wide events and competing in the Annual Pee Wee Cheer Jamboree.  Parents are involved in several fundraisers and various activities.  Please call Veronica Meza for more information at (626) 580-2200.


Special Events


  • Red, White and Bounce! Health and Wellness Fair 7/9
  • Chalk it Up 7/20
  • Battle of the Bands! 8/10

Summer Activities June - July



  • Sports
  • Trips / Excursions
  • Games
  • Arts & Crafts


  • Arceo Park 3125 N. Tyler Ave. (626) 579-1642
  • Gibson Mariposa Park 4140 Gibson Rd. (626) 448-8448
  • Lambert Park 11431 McGirk Ave. (626) 580-2225
  • Zamora Park 3820 Penn Mar Ave. (626) 580-2229


Summer Food Program


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites. This program is designated to service children, ages 18 and younger at various park and school sites all throughout the City of El Monte.

 On average, 103,000 breakfast and lunch meals are served during the summer months, June through July each year. This program is funded completely by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). Please call the City of El Monte, Community and Senior Services Division at (626) 580-2210.