This is a unique opportunity to add approximately 20 acres of parkland to the city and will not occur again, given the built-out status of most property in the city. In the future, park space will become even more important to the community as it absorbs the projected population growth.
The two parks, Bedwell Bayfront and Flood, compliment each other. The open space of Bedwell encourages passive recreation while Flood is an active recreation, program-orientated park that offers facilities that are not available elsewhere in Menlo Park. Both parks serve diverse communities of users and there is a potential for shared services.
If the sports programs that could use Flood Park and the local community come together, they could raise funds to support the maintenance of the park. Despite the financial situation of the city, every effort should be made to come to a fair and workable arrangement that would allow Flood Park to be transferred to the city of Menlo Park.
Current and future residents will thank present council members for their foresighted actions when they are able to enjoy Flood Park.
Anne Moser for Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park, Spruce Avenue, Menlo Park