Menlo Park recreation: Commission supports non-resident surcharge


Those who want to play in Menlo Park, but don't live in the city, should expect to keep paying a 35 percent surcharge to participate in recreation programs since the Parks and Recreation Commission has thrown its support behind the higher fee.

The commission also recommended increasing the non-resident surcharge for the gymnastics program from 25 percent to 35 percent.

However, commissioners suggested making registration a bit easier for those living in unincorporated Menlo Park by allowing them to start signing up three days after residents may do so, but three days sooner than those residing entirely outside Menlo Park. The new registration category will be launched in August.

— Sandy Brundage

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Posted by Consistency?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

The surcharge sounds high to me.
I believe it should be applied consistently to all programs provided in MP facilitiesm , including Burgess pool. We residents pay for the debt service and ongoing operations expenses, so deserve a rebate (surcharge) for use of our facilities by nonresidents. How about it, Commissioners and Council? How is that many swim program users don't pay the city?

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

I'd also recommend banning Palo Alto residents entirely until Foothill Park has a more open access policy.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Should Atherton reciprocate with a charge on Menlo Park residents using Holbrook Palmer Park?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

I wonder how many Menlo Park residents actually use Holbrook Palmer Park?

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

I'd guess a fair amount of Menlo Park residents use Holbrook. We use it. The residences that back up to the park all have gates from their yards opening into the park. For a lot of us at the north end of the city Holbrook is the closest park.

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Posted by Preferential Fees
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 13, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Atherton already reciprocates by charging non-Atherton residents btw 12.5% - 25% more for day-use permits for groups over 12 people and charging 30% (for non-residents) rather than 15% (for residents) of the rental rate as an administration fee when renting any of the park's facilities. This type of preferential fee structure is used all the time by municipalities to favor residents over non-residents. I don't think MP is charging individual Atherton residents for visiting Burgess or any of its other parks.

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Posted by Ex Menlo Park resident
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Really? What is the thinking behind this new policy? Let's take children who live in Atherton and go to school in the MPCSD and make it EVEN HARDER for them to take classes at Burgess with their school mates?

I completely understand the surcharge for Atherton residents and County residents, as neither of us subsidize the facilities through our taxes. But, why would you possibly give preference to county residents over Atherton residents when rolling out the sign up period for gymnastics classes? Just like county residents, Atherton residents don't have their own gymnastics center. This makes no sense.

Council members, what are you thinking? Please stop making decisions to please small groups of vocal community members. Please think through the long-term implications of your actions and take a new vote on this issue.

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