Save Flood Park efforts spread with signs, website, Facebook page

by Linda Hubbard on March 30, 2011

Neighborhood support to save Flood Park is spreading, both in the proliferation of signs and throughout Menlo Park (at least as based on mostly positive online comments.) In addition, a Save Flood Park website and Facebook page are now live.

The wooden sign (above) was made earlier this week by Suburban Park parents and kids in the driveway of resident Katie Ferrick. Several smaller black and white signs were made over the weekend by Suburban Park resident John Hazzard and his elementary age daughters.

There is a forum tonight (3/30) to meet the candidates for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where people concerned about the park’s closure – announced on March 23 in a press release issued by San Mateo County Manager David S. Boesch – can express their views. The candidate forum will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

While not all comments to an Almanac News article support the idea of coming up with a solution to save the park, either by having the city of Menlo Park take it over or through some kind of public/private partnership, many expressed sentiments similar to those of one Menlo Park resident, Mike G:

“With all the need for sports teams, clubs, general sports enthusiasts why not bring it into the city portfolio of parks and convert it (both with private and public monies) to a sports complex including open space and playgrounds so families can truly enjoy and all encompassing experience.

“There are plenty of partners that would be willing to contribute to, with proper planning and involvement, a state of the art park to satisfy the ever expanding Menlo Park population.

“Our little league is bursting at the seams, the soccer clubs (including AYSO, Strikers, etc.) and the lacrosse clubs are all overlapping and straining our fields to the brink. The lack of available fields and overlapping sports now with many year round sports clubs is making it very difficult for everyone. Many of our kids/families opt to drive to other communities to play organized sports because of better fields, facilities or availability of teams.

“We have to work together to come up with a solution for our kids while maintaining the parks beauty. This is a great opportunity to take a park in need of major renovation and make it a destination for Menlo Park families, not just those who live in the neighborhoods bordering the park.”

Photos by Jill Olson

One Comment

Sarah Cueva March 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for a great article. San Mateo County budget hearings continue tomorrow (3/31) with Parks on the docket for 10am. I urge anyone interested in the future of the park to come to speak to the Board of Supervisors at 400 County Center, Redwood City tomorrow morning. Urge the board to engage with the City and the community to find a solution that will keep this amazing resource open for everyone to use.

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