Flood Park returns Saturday

Funding approved to keep park open for six months

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Flood Park reopens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration complete with food trucks, live music, and healthy outdoor activities like scavenger hunts.

The park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park, closed while the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission installed a water pipeline, but for several months this summer, it looked like it might never reopen.

Faced with a demand to cut 10 percent from the county's operating budget, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at first recommended permanently shutting down the 21-acre park, which costs a minimum $205,000 annually.

The board later reversed course in June and approved enough funding to keep the park open for another six months after asking Menlo Park to take over its operation. That option remains on the table.

A new nonprofit, the Friends of Flood Park, is also working to save the park. According to the county, the nonprofit has already sent hundreds of volunteers to spruce up the park with paint and pruning.

The party starts at noon with a ribbon-cutting led by Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson and Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park. No entrance fee will be charged.

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Posted by Henry Riggs
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Was wondering if the waterline crew were ever going to get the pipe in the ground - how cool that we have our park back!

As for the politicians coming for the photo op, not so cool. The county supervisors, including Rose Gibson, put our county into a financial disaster over the last eight years to the point where they proposed closing our public parks - and they would have if the Friends and others hadn't made a big stink over it. Sorry supervisors - and Sacramento too - you should work at your desks and keep a low profile.

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Posted by Scrooge Spotter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

Bah Humbug! By calling attention to the need for funds and man hours to keep Flood Park open Supervisor Gibson and Assemblyman Gordon are doing their jobs. Their jobs include getting out and meeting their constituents in addition to all the behind the scenes desk work that their jobs entail. Doesn't anything make you happy, Mr. Riggs?

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Posted by Flood Park Neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

While I don't often agree with Mr. Riggs (though I always respect that he uses his real name), he has a point. County Supervisors did nothing to even inform the neighbors that the park might be closed, let alone show interest in the neighbors' concerns.
(at-the-time campaigning Dave Pine was the only exception)

When the County Parks representatives joined a neighborhood meeting in April they were very clear that they wold not budge on their decision to recommend the Park's closure. The only response that neighbors got from Gibson was an email form letter response assuring us that crime would not be an issue while the park was closed.

Now that Friends has shown some potential to raise money, the County has perked up it's ears and representatives are starting to show their faces.

Forget 6 months of temporary re-opening. How are we going to keep this park open forever - and turn it back into the community gem it once was?

Private/Public partnership to develop a small portion of the land and turn the rest into a park we can be proud of? City of Menlo Park taking ownership? We need a sustainable plan.

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Posted by Park lover
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

Occupy Flood Park, and welcome all residents, politicians, and others who recognize our need to preserve, protect, and nurture all public open space, not close it down!

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