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Menlo Park: Concept plans released for Bedwell Bayfront Park

Original post made on Aug 9, 2017

A 2-acre dog park, a non-motorized boat launch, a playground, an amphitheater, outdoor fitness facilities, and wheelchair-accessible trails are among ideas for changes being considered for Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Jones
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Just a heads up that the link provided in the article in The Almanac, gd/survey049, does not link to the survey.



You are missing the "is." part of the link:

Here is the full web address:
Web Link

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Posted by Seve Ballesteros
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm

How about a golf course.

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Posted by More Fields
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

Children need more fields.

We can do both.

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

Fields are a clear need, so let's build fields.

More walking paths, bike paths, etc are nice too, of course.

A boat launch makes sense, as does a glider launch and maybe a drone-flying area.

This is a former dump, not a pristine stand of old-growth redwoods. Let's build what people actually want, and cover the cost with a reasonable parking fee.

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Posted by Gal K
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:56 pm


Visited a friend up on Skyline, must have driven by a dozen absolutely gorgeous parks and trail entrances!!

All within half an hour.
All individually amazing.
All levels of walk/hiking.

None of them were a dump.

Make this accessible space serve the community at large, AND the bird watchers.

Fields. Maybe the amphitheater. And improve on the other 90% of the park (trails over the dump and down to the sewage plant) as described.

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Posted by nature lover
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm

This site is no longer a dump. Nature is reclaiming it, and we should cherish the opportunity to introduce families now and future generations to the wonders of nature along the bay. Enhancing that should be paramount. Menlo Park has no other similar site, and the aforementioned parks offer a different kind of nature experience.

Yes, we need playing fields. Bayfront Bedwell Park is not a good location for fields - traffic is horrific, the wind can be fierce, and the ground is still settling. This park is best for passive uses and that is what our community overwhelmingly voted a number of years ago. During the general plan update process last year. the city missed a huge opportunity to increase the amount of playing field space As the city annexes some open space along Sand Hill Road, it could require some of that to become fields rather than offices. As big projects come forward for approval, they could be required to provide more space or money to buy space. Ask the council do that so nature can be preserved at BBP.

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Posted by Pal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm

"Yes, we need playing fields. Bayfront Bedwell Park is not a good location for fields"

Yes - it a good location.

Shoreline solved all those issues and included fields among their diverse offerings.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Exercising at Bedwell is a decades-long venture and I do it in the morning to see the sun rise over Mt. Hamilton at dawn. I and mostly Hispanics who work for you, at your homes and businesses also walk then. By late afternoon as the sun sets, you see a kaleidoscope of colors over the waters where the ducks often rest during fly over dates.

Then there's the more than occasional person who desires complete solitude and reasonable privacy by finding a spot to sit and make a difficult phone call or contemplate what's going on with their life. No noise, convenient locale and minimal activity make this a place for many who have reasons to prefer Bedwell to Stanford Hill's paved roads or a drive up to Skyline.

I question how many of the commenters have spent any good amount of time at Bedwell.

Facebook is changing Bedwell. Why don't THEY build fields or an amphitheater?So did the surveys for these changes.

People are losing the art, the need they'll desire at some point in their lives, for places like Bedwell, where you're looking at the expanse of sky and can exercise among various terrains, from mild to seriously mild, for walkers, or joggers, families or alone time.

This park is unique. Show me another like it in this immediate area.

Leave it alone.

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Posted by nature lover
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm

@Pal - how did Shoreline manage the traffic? Their situation is NOT like ours with really heavy traffic on state highway 84 headed to Dumbarton bridge, and Facebook's massive growth on top of that. Shoreline has a nearby business park with Google. No bridge or state highway.

There are/were options in other parts of town. Land being annexed for one. The Burgess complex could be more efficiently laid out and still be a park. The city must plan for more space.

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Posted by Heidi B Keep
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm

This is odd.

Some say the dump is a pristine reserve.

Others claim there is too much traffic next to it.

Another highlights the adjacent sewage plant.

Shoreline has a couple fields tucked in neatly - that bother no one.

Seems reasonable. Share a corner with the kids.

Just not the corner with the sewage plant.

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Posted by Fresh Air
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

I whole heartedly agree with Beth. The trail system there is awesome the way it is. Making a short path would crowd everybody together. People use these Trails all day . There are benches here and there ; beautiful rock formations; a spirit path , pleasant seaside air and ambiance , bathrooms and parking. This is a total gold nugget and unique for area. It seems to me Parks and Recreation could keep it feasible at this modest level of development.

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Posted by Can o' Spinach
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm

"pleasant seaside air"

Geeeeezzzzz. Really? Haven't made to the end of the trail, have you?

We have world class parks, trails and hiking in San Mateo county, and so much more just over the county line in northern Santa Clara county. Outstanding trail availability.

I can only think of of one word for a group of people who won't share 5-10% of a city park with children.

It was the same word I used for the kid-deniers at Holbrook Palmer until they saw the light...


Selfish: see also - Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park

Quit hogging 170 acres for yourself. This community needs fields.

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Posted by Fresh Air
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

This afternoon my granddaughter flew a kite at Bedwell Park. Children walk and ride bikes regularly. The park trails could be modestly enhanced (versus eliminated ) in a feasible manner; as well as, a few low impact amenities. Yes, we need lots of things including swimming pools. Development fees should be making this possible all over. However, Bedwell Park should maintain what is suitable, feasible and popular ( especially to Redwood City, Willows, and North Fair oaks ). Right now there are many, many miles of walking, running, biking and dog walking trails there. They need to stay there for the many people that NEED and USE them daily !!!!!

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables

on Aug 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm

One of the obvious reasons to do one thing over another is traffic, due to the location of the Park. And a large part of the development will then be a parking lot.
There's a massive hotel with guests and employees and others using the facilities that are due to be increasing traffic daily. Wait and see how that goes.
Those of you so anxious to put fields and self-serving activities that are of importance or use to relatively few residents here need to consider the residents and quality of life for everyone. If fields are put there, I'll bet that 97% of participants and observers will come from west of 101, which is poor planning and will result in more accidents, more expenditure to fix the problems and lawsuits that will arise and upkeep of the infrastructure that will be needed.

If you live on the west side of 101, are you sure you've looked at all your options for fields? Surely Facebook could build a couple, especially as their young and active workforce would have places for their own games.

This Park was made for being a preserve and for moderate human usage, which respects the other living aviary and grounded animals that have been its main reason to exist.

Is the Almanac aware that one person can 'like' or 'dislike' a comment many times over which eventually can lead to skewered results of reality?

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Posted by Heidi B Keep
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm


Back to the traffic canard... keep it a private little trail for you.

"And a large part of the development will then be a parking lot."

That is crazy. Google shoreline and look.

170 acres of former dump that "made this way

Okey dokey.

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