The Parks and Recreation Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council on all matters pertaining to public recreation, including parks, playgrounds, landscaping, childcare, the arts, educational courses and entertainment. Current work has focused on the creation and implementation of El Cerrito Parks & Recreation Facilities Master Plan and monitoring the design and implementation of Parks & Recreation projects in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Commission considers the annual budget of the Recreation Department during its preparation and makes recommendations with respect thereto. Additionally, the Parks Commission assists in the planning of a recreation program for the City-promoting and stimulating public interest; and to that end, solicits to the fullest possible extent the cooperation of special authorities and other interested public and private agencies. The Commission studies present and future needs of the City with regard to park and recreation facilities.