Archive of Dennis Nugent

Dennis has written 4 article(s) for InMenlo.


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With summer arriving, many Menlo Park residents will travel to Fremont Park for the Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings. This event is popular, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoy attending. But I have a major concern about Fremont Park and other popular parks in the city.

The issue: Numerous parks have no public rest rooms.

At a public gathering some months ago, I had an opportunity to meet one of our elected officials. I brought up my concern about the lack of restrooms at city-managed parks. The official agreed that it was a problem, but stated that neighbors, especially in Sharon Heights, were very much against restrooms at their parks.

When I mentioned the Summer Concert Series and the lack of restroom facilities for these events, I got an interesting response. The official stated that Fremont Park did not really need restrooms because they were available at Draeger’s and Peet’s Coffee.

I am not sure those two local businesses would appreciate the “restroom traffic” during the Summer Concert Series. What might make sense is a nice portable restroom trailer brought in for the Series. It could remained locked during normal “non-event” times in order to prevent overuse or misuse.

I am confident that a corporate sponsor could be found to cover the expense.

Editor’s note: Restrooms are set to debut at Jack Lyle Park on Middle Avenue in early 2019.

Author Dennis Nugent grew up in Menlo Park and returned first in the 90s and more recently four years ago.

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Spotted: Chevron guys at Sacred Heart Prep golf tourney

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Menlo Chevron owner John Conway (left) and General Manager of the service station, John Polenta, were among the participants at the 20th annual Sacred Heart Prep Golf Tournament held last Monday (4/16) at the Stanford University Golf Course. Menlo Park resident and event organizer Bob Budelli has been instrumental in the growth and success of this […]

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Spotted: Menlo Bike Club at Tour de Menlo training ride

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There was a lot of Menlo Park at the first training ride for the Tour de Menlo, which was held today and offered three ride options. Participants included about 50 members of the Menlo Bike Club, most of whom joined Fast Freddie Rodriguez on the advanced ride. We can report that at least the intermediate […]

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View from the Bike Lane: Stop signs are not suggestions!

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For over 50 years, I’ve been a recreational cyclist. Growing up in Menlo Park, my buddy Jim Bill and I would bike up to San Francisco along El Camino Real, including a side trip to Coyote Point. Some days we’d spent most of the daylight hours riding. A year ago, I moved back to Menlo Park […]

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