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on Apr 29, 2011
Flood Park is a great park and it would be criminal to lose it. It's heck of a lot closer to MP residents than Bayfront Park and a lot safer to walk or bicycle to. Don't let the developers get!
MP has very few parks and West MP between between Fremont Park and Sharon/Stanford Hills parks has no parks at all. Unfortunately land is so expensive the likelihood of acquiring even a quarter acre for a neighborhood park is nonexistent.
A large portion of Menlo Park property is owned by religious entities, the Catholic church being perhaps the largest landowner in the city. In general religious orgs pay no property taxes perhaps the church would consider allowing a public park or two on their lands as a thank you to the residents for the free lunch the church has been enjoying for so many years. Just a thought.
Flood Park is terrific 21-acre gem that is zoned as open space in the middle of suburbia. Picnicers, BBQers, and summer campers will miss it this summer while it's closed for aquaduct upgrades. It would be a shame to lose it's wooded beauty all together. The oak trees are in great shape!
I am very impressed by the efforts of the community to save Flood Park.
A well organized and large group of residents who have a viable plan for running this park on a break even basis has a good chance of success.
I would be pleased to make a contribution to your effort if you post the necessary information as to whom to send a contribution.
Subdividing Flood Park into residential lots offers an exciting fiscal opportunity to the City of Menlo Park!
Flood Park lies within the Menlo Park Redevelopment Agency area! It was declared a blighted area back in 1981. What foresight! This means that the Redevelopment Agency would get ALL the new property tax. 21 acres of nice new homes would be millions a year. About half the usual share of tax would go to the Fire Department and County -- and nothing more to the schools!
Unfortunately, Flood Park technically lies in the Ravenswood School District, which would require kids to head over to Willow Oaks or across the freeway to go to school. This might reduce sales prices (hence property taxes) a bit. But, using the Pacific Townhouse lawsuit as a model, the City could probably get a forced transfer into MPCSD, which would increase sales prices, hence property taxes, even more.
Theoretically, the City is supposed to use the incremental revenue for blight reduction -- so it could do absolutely fabulous things for Belle Haven -- and, using the model of other cities, fund a lot of other City services 'through the back door,' as it were.
What are trees and grass and things compared to lovely green money that is entirely under the control of an obscure local agency?!!
Flood Park is a wonderful space that should be kept open. Menlo Park should take it over and propose a $30.00 per parcel City Park Fee and put it up for a vote of residents. As the City expands with more and more families with small children, open space and parks are immensely important and we all should collectively support our community in this regard. This is a community that can afford it!
A parcel tax which would only benefit Flood Park is unfair to the majority of MP residents who have other city parks near their homes.
Rather than a parcel tax make it admission free to Menlo Park residents (proof of Menlo Park City residency required) and impose a non-resident fee of say $2 per person or $10 per vehicle. And continue group picnic area fees, baseball field fees etc (with a discount for MP City residents).
Menlo Park has collected funds for parks from developers who did not provided onsite parks when they added density. These funds should be used to purchase Flood Park, and fees from future development should pay for ongoing upkeep. This is a rare opportunity to provide more recreational space for our community. By all means do not develop this land! Where would future parks be created?
Charge fees for non-MP residents, like rich folks from Atherton, who use our facilities and don't contribute to their upkeep.
Several of the previous letters have suggested that Menlo Park should buy Flood Park from the county and charge non-residents an entrance fee. Since the early 1930's Flood Park, which has primarily benefited Menlo Park residents, has been paid for by the residents of all of San Mateo County, from Daly City to Pescadero. If Menlo Park buys Flood Park for some token amount, it would be unfair to charge non-residents an additional fee over what Menlo Park residents are charged.
Menlo Park is one of the most expensive zip codes in the world... Can we really not afford to keep our park open???
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