As Menlo Park prepares to start negotiating to take over Flood Park, residents call a June 13 meeting to figure out how to help.
Faced with needing to cut 10 percent from its operating budget, the county Board of Supervisors recommended permanently shutting down the 21-acre park, located at 215 Bay Road, which costs an minimum $205,000 annually. Right now the park's closed until Sept. 30 anyway while the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission installs a water pipeline.
The county then asked Menlo Park to consider taking over park operations. A staff report for the City Council meeting on June 14 indicates Menlo Park intends to ask the county to help cover maintenance and capital improvement costs.
A survey of the park identified "a long list of outstanding deferred maintenance needs" at the park, according to the staff report, which would add to the price tag.
San Mateo did set aside enough money to keep the park open until April in its 2011-12 budget, buying the city time to figure out whether it should take over.
The "Save Flood Park" meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Zoe at 1929 Menalto Ave. this Monday (June 13).