The City of Malibu is a unique coastal environment with a well-informed, highly engaged community of approximately 13,000. It is located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County. Encompassing approximately 21 square miles, Malibu consists primarily of residential development. It is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, providing a pleasant, mild climate year-round. Incorporated in 1991, Malibu is a general law city with a Council-Manager form of government.
The Community Services Department (formerly known as Parks and Recreation) provides programs and facilities to meet the recreation and leisure needs of the community. The department administers the use of and maintains several park and athletic facilities in the City, and provides programs for all ages in a wide range of interests and activities. The department operates facilities at local schools through a joint use agreement with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Department staff provides administrative support to the Malibu Arts Commission, Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission, and the Parks and Recreation Commission.