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Editorial: Library parking crunch should not be a surprise

Original post made on Mar 12, 2012

The current concerns about the periodic lack of parking in Menlo Park's Lot 6, between the library and the new Arrillaga Gym in the Civic Center, is a problem that city officials should have seen coming.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments (2)

Posted by Central Menlo, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Is it silly to be critical of the "problem" of parking congestion?

There seems to be two issues

1) The gym is popular and well-used. This is a reflection of public benefit. I can only imagine the alternative (let's not build a new gym...doing that only fill the parking lot)

2) There is plenty of parking in the area. I have been there at the peak of the Arrillaga's use (4 youth basketball games, at once!). My solution was to park in the open parking spaces, 2 minute walk from the gym (3 minutes from the library), in the lot near the ball field. If you can imagine, I even rode my bike once!


Posted by reader, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

A lot of library users can't walk far. There is no sidewalk along Alma What an oversight that is!

The problems were predictable, and were predicted. Staff pooh-poohed concerns, and the council was too afraid of pushing back even a little on Arrilagga's plans.

The real problem is that there is no master plan for Burgess Park. If there were, the skate park probably wouldn't be where it is. I think there is plenty of space for green park areas, play fields, buildings, and yes even parking but there must be a plan. It's never too late, just more expensive.


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