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News - February 29, 2012

Menlo Park to review library, gym parking

by Sandy Brundage

The Library Commission's recent conclusion that about one third of drivers hoping to stop at either the main Menlo Park Library or the new gym in the Civic Center have trouble finding a parking spot, leads to a couple questions: How big a problem is it, and what could be done?

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Posted by Raymond Mueller
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

The quote I provided to the Almanac in response to their inquiry on this topic was sent in an email. It reads as follows:

"I am not sure what can be done about congestion in the shared lot besides looking at signage directing people to other parking lots on the Burgess Park campus.

But congestion is not necessarily all bad.

It underscores a great opportunity for cross marketing. It would be great to see the library marketing itself to patrons of the gym.

There are few instances that inspire creativity in the mind like coming across a subject title you never would have sought out, unless you stumbled upon it in a bookstore or a library. Walt Disney credited discovering a book on cartoon animation in the Kansas City public library as being one of the great influences in his career. Who knows what title will spark the inspiration of our children.

A gym that is effectively drawing more families to the vicinity of the library, I believe is a fantastic opportunity, even if it does create congestion in the parking lot."