Although you wouldn't necessarily know it from the title of the agenda item -- "Discuss a Recommendation to the City Council to Allow Further Consideration for a Groundwater Irrigation Well, Pending Environmental Review and Approval through the CEQA Process, as an Alternative Water Supply to Reduce the City's Use of Hetch Hetchy Water" -- the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission will review a proposal tonight (Feb. 1) to put a well in a city park to irrigate the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.
Menlo Park is considering eight potential well sites, with six in Nealon Park and two in Jack Lyle Park.
According to city staff, the club would pay about $4 million in construction costs for the well and pipeline, and also reimburse the city for annual operation and maintenance costs. They plan to bring the proposal to the City Council this spring.
Menlo Park would be able to use the well water for Nealon Park, Jack Lyle Park, Sharon Park, and La Entrada School, with staff estimating that it would save the city $68,000 per year on park irrigation.
As Nealon Park is zoned as an open space conservation district, and the club is a private entity, neighbors have mounted opposition to the proposal, saying there's no real benefit to the city.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 701 Laurel St. Click here to review the agenda and staff reports.