The Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District (MCRPD) was formed in 1973 with the original boundaries encompassing 20 square miles around Fort Bragg. MCRPD is a public agency existing under and pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of California, with an elected five member Board of Directors.
In 1982 the District was expanded to include the area served by Mendocino Unified School District (MUSD). In 1989, residents of the Point Arena area requested that MCRPD initiate proceedings to incorporate the Point Arena School District into MCRPD, and annexation of the South Coast followed. Most recently, in 2008, the MCRPD annexed the remainder of the Fort Bragg Unified School District to include the village of Westport.