Menlo Park hosts a community outreach meeting Thursday night to discuss building a well in Jack Lyle Park to draw from a public aquifer to irrigate the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and potentially four public facilities.
The club, which has offered to pay for construction of the well, currently uses more than 60 million gallons of potable water per year, purchased from the Menlo Park Municipal Water District. The district in turn pulls its supply from the Hetch Hetchy, according to the club and city.
Using the well to irrigate Nealon, Jack Lyle, and Sharon Parks, along with La Entrada School, would decrease the city's demand for Hetch Hetchy water by an additional 13 million gallons a year.
Nealon Park, zoned as an open space conservation district, was originally the preferred site. But feedback from the community and two commissions indicate Jack Lyle Park, which sits off Middle Avenue at Fremont Street and is zoned as a public facilities district, may be a better choice -- if the council decides to proceed.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at the Civic Center at 700 Alma St.