The public will have an opportunity Tuesday (Dec. 6) to comment on major changes planned for the 21-acre Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.
The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Cypress Room at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park, is a "scoping session," designed to gather public comment on factors that should be considered in an environmental impact report on the planned changes. The recreation center is at 700 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.
The plan for Flood Park, which is owned by San Mateo County, is to add a soccer/lacrosse field, a baseball field, tennis and basketball courts, a sand volleyball pit, multiple play areas to accommodate all abilities, a shaded structure for an outdoor market, picnic spaces, trails, and a bicycle pump track. All this would be done in three phases over two years.
Plans to build an amphitheater and a bocce ball court have been dropped.
The amphitheater, interpreted by some members of the community as a structure rather than a sunken bowl open to the air, "raised red flags" in the community, according to Carla Schoof, a community programs specialist with the county Parks Department.
In its place, she said, is a proposal for a "gathering meadow" that may include a platform for performances.
As for bocce ball, there may not be room for it, and "honestly, we didn't have a lot of interest in it," Ms. Schoof said.
Click here to view the current proposal. Comments on the proposal should be directed to Senior Planner Sam Herzberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to sign up for updates on this project, write to Ms. Schoof at email@example.com.
The Parks Department held community meetings in 2015 that produced "Reimagine Flood Park," a conceptual landscaping plan based on "community values, preferred uses and site-layout preferences," as the department put it in its Nov. 8 announcement of the scoping meeting.
The county's Parks and Recreation Commission approved the landscaping plan in April 2016.
The potential problem areas identified so far are traffic, parking, and noise generated by use of the park, Ms. Schoof said.
"One of the things we want to make sure of is that everybody has a chance to speak," she said. "We want to have a successful process that leads to a project that people will be supporters of."