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


Our Mission 

Our Vision

Meet Our 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. The money go towards operating costs associated with the District thus 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 to have something for everyone.


Our Vision 

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

By keeping the vision clear and simple and to keep the 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 Our 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

Operations Manager




Hector Bugarin

Martial Arts Instructor




Job Description


Please fill out form, download & email to Frances@soledadrec.org 

Notice of Vacancy

Interested persons are hereby noticed that pursuant to Government Code §1780 there is a vacancy on the
Soledad-Mission Recreation District

Board of Directors.

This County Appointed Seat to be filled begins immediately, and is mid-term. The seat will go to appointment by November 23, 2022 to complete term cycle ending January 31, 2025.

Applications are available at the Soledad-Mission Recreation District offices located at:

570 Walker Drive, Soledad CA

Applications are due by November 8, 2022  to the Soledad Mission Recreation District at 570 Walker Dr. or P.O. Box 1650 Soledad, CA 93960.

Pursuant to Government Code §1780 this notice will be posted for at least 15 days in 3 or more conspicuous locations in the District beginning 10/14/2022.

District Transparency

January 2022 Regular Board Agenda

January 2022 Special Meeting Board Agenda

January 2022 Special Meeting Board Minutes

December 2021 Regular Board Meeting Agenda

December 2021 Regular Board Meeting Minutes


RFQ for THE PROVISION OF LIMITED PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTUAL SERVICES. The SOLEDAD-MISSION RECREATION DISTRICT (“District”) is seeking qualifications from qualified, licensed consultants to provide limited professional architectural services for modernization and other site improvements in the District. Consultants selected to perform the services for the project shall develop and prepare conceptual plans in conformance with the project goals as established by the District.

3/4/2022- Deadline for submittals has been extended to March 14, 2022.

Questions and Answers are provided here.