Who we are, what we do, and why we do it. 


Our mission 

Our vision

meet the team

Our History

The Soledad-Mission Recreation District is a special district of Monterey County. It receives a portion of the property taxes paid by property owners to the County. The property tax assessments are $0.17 on every $100 paid. This assessment has not been changed since the District's inception in 1962. These monies go to operating costs associated with the District. Allowing program costs to remain low.


The District is guided by a volunteer board of directors, and reports to the County Supervisors office. The District administrator is Executive Director, Frances Bengtson.


The Recreation District was founded in 1962. For 12 years the founding Board collected money, donations, and volunteered their time and resources in order for the indoor 25 meter Soledad Pool to be built at 570 Walker Dr. in Soledad.


For the next 15 years the Recreation District opened the pool every summer, provided swim lessons, day camps, movie nights. In the 80's the Pool became the main activity of the District, the fiscal challenge of operating a indoor community pool, sent other community programs to the chopping block.


The Pool was always a summer time attraction, and in 2000 the Soledad Pool opened year round for the first time. In 2001, new programs began to emerge, programs like Summer Day camp, Tennis, First Tee Golf, Track, and Movies in the Park. Over the next 7 years the Recreation District went from an organziation in the red to an organization on the rise. In 2008, a complete renovation of the Pool Room was completed after lots of hard work on behalf of the Board of Directors, and then Executive Director- Stacey Wilson.


The downturn in the economy directly affected the Recreation District, reducing vital operating funds. However by maintaining quality service, keeping program costs down, and keeping a consistent vision the Recreation District has increased program participation in almost every category. Check us out and see if there is something for you!

Our Mission 

Soledad-Mission Recreation District strives to enrich our community through the provision of facilitiles and programs that enhance positive, wholesome, and healthy recreation.

What does this mean?

By providing many different recreation opportunities, everything from water excercise, to Giants Trips, to Day Camp, to 5K Fun Runs, to other special events, the Recreation District focuses on improving the quality of life for our community. Reaching out to many personal interests and different audiences we try to provide something for everyone. By setting our program standards high keeping events family friendly, everyone can feel comfortable participating in Recreation Programming.


Our focus is on quality and variety. We want you to be an active part of your Recreation District.


Our Vision 

Our vision is to Grow. Grow in participation, in opportunities, in partnerships, and internally.

By keeping that clear and simple vision guiding our decisions and actions we have been able to not only improve as an organization but more importantly to better serve our community.

Meet the team



These words and phrases hang in our office. These words are what move us forward. When it comes to building community we build these lessons into our staff who then in turn teach them in our programs.


Frances Bengston 

Executive Director 




Andres Sarabia

Assistant Director



Ashliegh Lara

Programs Coordinator


Mariah LaCroix


Dolphins Swim Coach


Lizeth Sosa



Hector Bugarin

Martial Arts Instructor