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County earmarks major funds for Flood Park upgrades

 
Children enjoy an informal game of soccer at Flood Park in Menlo Park in June 2018. (Photo by Robert Most.)

Plans to add sports fields and more active recreation areas at Flood Park are gaining momentum.

San Mateo County aims to revamp the 24-acre park in Menlo Park's Suburban Park, Lorelei Manor and Flood Triangle neighborhoods to create a soccer and lacrosse field, renovate the baseball field, and add play areas, an amphitheater and a pump track for sports bike riders, among other steps.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its two-year budget for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years on Sept. 24 that includes nearly $16 million in funding for the project.

Monday, Sept. 23, was the deadline for the second round of collecting public input on an environmental review of the plan.

The budget shows funding allocations of $1.7 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year for the work to design the project and $14 million for construction costs, according to county parks department spokeswoman Carla Schoof.

With the close of the environmental review process, the next step will be for staff and consultants to respond to whatever unaddressed concerns were brought up, and then to take the matter to the Board of Supervisors for potential approval.

If the project earns approval from the board, then the county will begin its search for a design firm and launch more community outreach, Schoof said.

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