Meta opens new public park adjacent to its west campus

by Linda Hubbard on January 29, 2022

On Saturday, January 29, Meta (formerly Facebook) opened Meta Park, a 2.2-acre public park adjacent to the Menlo Park Meta west campus. The park includes a large plaza space with benches, public art, a sloped grass lawn, multiple walking paths, and a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting the Belle Haven neighborhood with the Bay Trail and nearby Bedwell Bayfront Park.

“It is wonderful to have more open space available to the community, with an educational component,” said Cecilia Taylor, Menlo Park City Council member who represents the Belle Haven neighborhood. “Now more than ever our health and wellness must have clean air and exercise.”

The pedestrian and bicycle bridge, which is 1026’ long, 36’ tall, and 18’ wide, is a playful extension of the park design. It was was designed by Frank Gehry Architects.

Note: Designed for foot and bike access, there is no public parking lot.

Here are more details in a post Susan Erhart wrote for Belle Haven News.

Photos by Gregory Rice/Agencyroad via Meta

One Comment

MenloLocal January 31, 2022 at 3:18 pm

I tried to visit this new park today and was incredibly disappointed. Normally I am a fan of Meta/Facebook for their community works, but this was a joke. Turned away by the guards at Building 21/22 for accessing the park because there is no parking space for the public. The only way to access the park is either to park on the busy Chilco street and do a confusing walk through campus, or to cross the big yellow overpass they’ve constructed after parking a long distance away at Bedwell Bayfront Park. This is false advertising. They made a nominally “public” park gated behind their security guards with no reasonable way for the public to access.

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