Monterey Bay, California
Located at the center of the thriving Monterey Bay region (Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties) just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on California’s Central Coast, the former Fort Ord is a dynamic world-class location to live, learn, grow, engage and thrive. Since the 1994 base closure, the communities in and around the former Fort Ord have invested in a purposeful reuse process to create a place for world-class education, environmental conservation, and recreation, and most of all a place for people to live, work and thrive. This site connects you to the people, places, and institutions making that vision a reality. We invite you to take the time to explore and become inspired to experience the exciting region we call home.
Ord Forward is the online information hub for the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) Economic Development initiatives. The site provides resources and information to strengthen the Monterey Bay regional economy and optimize land development opportunities on the former Fort Ord. The goal of the FORA Economic Development initiative is to move the former Fort Ord economic recovery process forward by working closely with member jurisdictions and regional partners, and building on the economic strengths of the Monterey Bay region.
There are a growing set of dynamic businesses making a home on the former Fort Ord. These businesses include restaurants, retail, recreation providers, hotels and hospitality, educational institutions, manufacturing, healthcare, government and professional services. Locate a business near you in our searchable Business Directory.
A rich history, diverse habitat and bountiful recreation opportunities await you at the Fort Ord National Monument. Another coastal gem with more than 86 miles of trails provides opportunities to hike, bike or ride your horse through rolling hills, pockets of chaparral and oak woodlands. You will see a huge diversity of plant life and animals in habitats that include streamside corridors, grasslands, maritime chaparral, oak woodlands and seasonal pools.
Fort Ord is also cherished for its link to the heroism and dedication of men and women who served our nation and fought in the major conflicts of the 20thcentury. This area remains undeveloped thanks to its role as a U.S. Army facility from 1917-1994. During the Vietnam War, it served as a leading training center and deployment staging ground. As many as 1.5 million American troops trained at Fort Ord.
It’s all in the heart of the Monterey area, with its many attractions, abundant natural resources and beautiful access to the California Coast and Salinas Valley.
This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff top viewing platform. Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. Existing park roads are open to bicyclists, hikers and dogs on leash.
To protect park resources public access is limited to designated roads and trails. Dogs must be on leash and remain on paved roads. Horses and campfires are not allowed on the beach.
Named after the Army’s 7th Infantry Division – the first major unit to occupy Fort Ord, as well as the last. The famed Light Fighters (nicknamed the “Bayonet Division”) marched for the last time during inactivation ceremonies in 1993 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). With 7,104 yards of oak and cypress-lined fairways, Bayonet Golf Course was designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, the Commanding Officer of the post at that time. Gen. McClure, a left-handed golfer with a severe slice, designed the course to fit his game. This is evidenced by holes #11-15, a series of sharp doglegs, widely known as “Combat Corner.” Notoriously known for its magnificently manicured, long, and narrow fairways, Bayonet is one tough, but rewarding 18-hole adventure. With four sets of tees, the course is a par 72, with a slope of 139 and a rating of 74.8.
Named in honor of the 11th Cavalry Regiment (nicknamed “Black Horse”) which was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey from 1919-1940. Black Horse was designed in 1964 by General Edwin Carnes, the Commanding General of Fort Ord from April 1963 until June of 1965. With the most breath-taking views of the Monterey Bay imaginable, the most recent renovations transformed Black Horse into a longer, more challenging “championship golf course.” With long rolling fairways, “championship golf tees,” and alluring panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, Black Horse will not only take your game through its paces, it will also captivate your soul. Black Horse is now 7,024 yards long, with four sets of tees; a par 72, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 73.7.
The Fort Ord Rec Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) is proposed as a continuous 12-ft wide paved bikeway with an open-space buffer on both sides incorporating habitat, parks, playing fields, developed outdoor recreation sites, associated amenities, unpaved trails, and agriculture. The northern loop of FORTAG encircles Marina, following a 13 mile route that includes 3 miles of the existing “Coastal Rec Trail”. The southern loop of FORTAG encircles Seaside and bisects Del Rey Oaks, following a 15 mile route that includes 4 miles of the existing coastal trail system. The Trail includes spurs connecting with existing bike/pedestrian infrastructure and plans. Several sections of the paved trail will be accompanied by nearby unpaved trails running loosely parallel to the main paved trail. Many of these unpaved trails already exist.
California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Cal State Monterey Bay provides students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. CSUMB’S diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and 7 graduate majors.
Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy exploring innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generations of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
The University of California, Santa Cruz, is a public research university and 1 of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (810 ha) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.
UC Santa Cruz received approximately 1000 acres of former Fort Ord land following the 1994 base closure. 600 acres of that land is now included in the UC Natural Reserve System as the Fort Ord Natural Reserve. The remaining 400+ acres is designated as the UC Monterey Bay Education Science and Technology (UCMBEST) Center, which is intended to grow as a regional job center and university affiliated Research and Development center.
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC)
Monterey Peninsula College is a fully accredited California public community college. With an open admissions policy, the college is known for the excellence of its academic programs and student support services. The college has been recognized as a top military friendly school.
The college offers over 100 degree and certificate programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide career and technical training or to update work skills, and to improve basic skills. Classes are offered at the Monterey campus, at the MPC Education Center at Marina, at the Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, and at various off-campus locations.
Monterey College of Law (MCL)
Monterey College of Law’s mission is to provide a quality legal education in a community law school setting with graduates who are dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service.
MCL is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer three law degree programs: the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.); the LL.M. in International Law; and the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.). “If you have to go to law school somewhere . . . why not live in a region that people from all over the world come to visit for vacation?”
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD)
MPUSD’s vision is to become one of the finest public school systems in the country by engaging each student in deep learning that prepares them to solve the challenges of the 21st century.
The district has made significant progress over the past three years. MPUSD’s Report to the Community highlights our progress, investment in students and invites you into our schools.
MPUSD’s tremendous progress would not be possible without MPUSD administrators, teachers and classified staff digging in, working hard, and making a commitment to continuous improvement on behalf of MPUSD students. The strong support of parents and the community continue to play a significant role in MPUSD’s success.
Chartwell School empowers bright students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. Chartwell School offers grades K-12 the knowledge, creativity, and skills in self advocacy and perseverance needed to thrive in college and beyond.
Chartwell covers the same material as other California schools. The difference is we use research-based methodologies used to help students overcome learning difficulties while also unleashing their exceptional minds. Chartwell’s academic culture values students who learn differently, providing small class sizes so teachers can adapt instruction to individual needs.
Great teachers and innovative learning programs help creative and intellectually curious students develop academic knowledge and confidence. They get the kind of individual attention, support, and mentoring relationships that help them become their best selves.
Our distinctive community, built on a foundation of honesty, respect, and responsibility, embraces students with diverse talents and backgrounds, helping them discover new things about themselves and the world around them.
Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (MIRA)
The Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy is a non-profit astronomical observatory founded in 1972 and dedicated to research and education in astronomy. It is the first independent professional observatory founded in the 20th century. The offices, library, and shops are located on the Richard W. Hamming Astronomy Center on the old Ft. Ord site near the new California State campus at Monterey Bay.
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The Dunes on Monterey Bay
With its incredible coastal location, The Dunes offers leisure opportunities galore. Fort Ord National Monument Public Lands has miles of winding trails to explore. On the Monterey Peninsula, you’re near the charming village of Carmel-By-The-Sea, along with Monterey’s world famous aquarium and music festivals. Take the coastal bike trail, watching for seals and sea lions on your journey. Santa Cruz is a short hop north, and the Wine Country is just south. Al fresco dining is always an option, with a wide variety of elegant restaurants offering every cuisine imaginable. Love to golf? Spectacular courses abound, including the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Links at Spanish Bay. For natural beauty and sophisticated fun, it doesn’t get any better than this.Visit Dunes Website
Sea Haven Monterey Bay
While the Monterey Peninsula is revered around the world, few know of the little seaside towns that dot the coast along the Monterey Bay just to the north. The city of Marina is the kind of sleepy little beach town, still undiscovered, and offering some of the most profound ecological sights and sounds you’ll find anywhere. The site of a former U.S. Army post and near the scenic Fort Ord National Monument, the city of Marina and Sea Haven now offers you an extraordinary opportunity to call this home, with thoughtfully carefully crafted residential enclaves, neighborhood parks, walking trails and a natural living environment that few have ever experienced.Visit Sea Haven Website
The traditional American small town brings a strong sense of connection to every day living. The planners of East Garrison were inspired to create such a hometown. Neighbors know their neighbors. It’s not unusual to stop in next door for a glass of lemonade on the porch or a backyard barbecue. Kids on the block play together in the local park. You feel a sense of pride in your community and comfort in knowing that this is where you belong. This new community features residences with distinctive architecture, parks within easy access of homes, passages to trails adjacent Fort Ord National Monument, and a future Town Center, Arts District, and Public Library, along with all the amenities that make the Monterey Peninsula a world class destination.Visit East Garrison Website