The 21-acre park on Bay Road currently belongs to San Mateo County, which tried to give it to Menlo Park as a cost-saving measure. The city, however, can't quite decide whether to accept.
The proposal on the table entails the city paying the county $150,000 for one year in exchange for exclusive rights to earn money from the baseball field. The county would still be responsible for park maintenance and operation, estimated to cost $60,000 after the city's payment.
Options the city wants to explore, according to the staff report, include leasing up to a quarter of the park land. Entities that have expressed interest at community meetings include a private school and sports teams.
The regular council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.
The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church hosts a forum on Thursday, Jan. 26, on Menlo Park and El Camino Real: Past, Present, and Future.
It includes opening remarks by Mayor Kirsten Keith, and presentations on incorporating health initiatives and green transportation programs into the development of a "grand boulevard" along El Camino Real.
Go to greenbelt.org and click on the events calendar to RSVP. The forum runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 700 Santa Cruz Ave.
After Clark Kepler announced his retirement from day-to-day operations at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, the eight-member team steering the local landmark's transition into a new era surfaced: Clark Kepler; Praveen Madan, a partner of Booksmith and Berkeley Arts and Letters; former mayor Gail Slocum; publisher Steve Piersanti; investor Robert Kyle; Kepler's Chief Financial Officer Mitch Slomiak; Director of Community Relations Jean Forstner; and public relations consultant Patrick Corman.
As the Almanac reported on Jan. 10, the team is putting together a business plan that may blend a nonprofit arts and event space with a for-profit bookstore. Further details will be released as the team finalizes negotiations with future partners.