By Kate Daly | Special to the Almanac
In an attempt to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors and leave their cars behind, San Mateo County Parks Department is running a new shuttle from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to Wunderlich and Edgewood county parks.
On-site parking is often overcrowded at both parks. Now there's an option to take a free shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays.
The service starts at 9 a.m. in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto and runs in continuous loops until the last departure from Wunderlich County Park in Woodside at 4:45 p.m., and Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City at 4:50 p.m.
The shuttle follows two routes, which overlap at two stops in Redwood City, giving passengers an opportunity to transfer from one route to the next.
One route starts at East Palo Alto City Hall, 2415 University Ave., with stops at Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City and the Redwood City Transit Center on Winslow Street behind the Caltrain Station, before arriving at Edgewood.
The other route starts at Marketplace Park, 313 Market Place in Menlo Park, with stops at Fair Oaks Community Center and Redwood City Transit Center before arriving at Wunderlich.
Both parks offer walking and hiking trails. No dogs or bikes are allowed. The free Carriage House Museum in Wunderlich displays historical artifacts and is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go to parks.smcgov.org/parkshuttle to see the routes, schedule, and signup groups. The shuttles accommodate 20 passengers, but larger groups can be managed with enough advance notice.