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Guest opinion: It's time for real protection of our green spaces in Menlo Park

Original post made on Oct 4, 2021

In a guest opinion, Menlo Park resident Bob Dickinson calls on "a ballot measure to enact enduring protection for our parks into the law."

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Posted by Bike Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 4, 2021 at 11:10 am

Bike Menlo Park is a registered user.

To be clear, parks are wonderful community assets. If Menlo Park is going to have increased housing density, having ample open space is important for community health and quality of life. At the same time, it seems unnecessary to place extra constraints on what the city can or can't do with public space. Parks, like the rest of the built environment, are designed spaces, and many parks were designed during a different era. If our community priorities have changed, then our parks may (or may not) need to be redesigned accordingly. It seems only appropriate for city council/staff to have the whole spectrum of options to consider what is the best possible use of city-owned real estate--rather than have those options limited from the start with the enormous bar of a public ballot.

Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 4, 2021 at 1:28 pm

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to Bike Menlo Park and whatever group you are advocating here for...

To be clear. "Our" community priorities have not changed. "our" = current MP residents. "We" wish to keep our limited park space... simple as that. Interesting to learn that parks were "designed spaces", that could be re-designed. That my friend is a new one to me, and another notch up on redefining language for the day.

I have read the guidelines for the upcoming housing element and yes, cities cannot currently use parks to satisfy RHNA requirements.

Also "to be clear", our council people should have limits placed on them, and to be "even more clear" the state housing commission will eventually take away most of the town council's ability to decide anything, as the new element will be, in my opinion, be nearly impossible to create "the plan", and absolutely impossible to implement "developers actually build units".

But sure, let the circus show go on, with the "resident" surveys, planning and council meetings, public outreach, and in the end, a plan that is not feasible.

Posted by SP resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Oct 4, 2021 at 2:35 pm

SP resident is a registered user.

Where can we find this "new petition opposing the use of any parkland in Menlo Park for housing, which has now gathered 1,800 signatures with more coming in every day" to sign it.

Posted by Bob Dickinson
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm

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