Parks and Recreation

The parking spots along Stanford Avenue were almost all full when we arrived this morning around 6:30. It was fun to see some familiar faces, mostly walking solo as group gatherings are not allowed under the new rules. There is one counter clockwise direction, what we call “the hard way,” so that’s good. Snapped the shadowy shot heading up near the Gerona Gate.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Get ready for the new rules when Big Dish re-opens for walking and jogging on July 6

Stanford is reopening the Big Dish walking and jogging paths on Monday, July 6, with regular summer hours from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm. This welcome news comes many weeks after other local open spaces like MidPeninsula Regional and city and county parks re-opened to visitors. We got an advanced look at both the new […]

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Wide hiking trails make getting outdoors easy while maintaining physical distancing

Getting outside has been a saving grace for my family and me during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re always left with the same question: where can we go hiking while maintaining social distance? With park closures and varying county restrictions, it’s hard to keep up with all the pandemic-related regulations. By now, we all know […]

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Different kind of “sign-of-the-time”: Homeless helper at Fremont Park

Emails Menlo Park resident Barb Slaton: “We have been gathering [six feet apart] in Fremont Park with our Peet’s takeaway coffee. We noticed a young man picking up trash. “After seeing him several times, we got to know him a bit. Turns out he is homeless, living in Menlo Park. He is clean, respectful, fully-masked […]

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Big Dish slated to re-open in early July

Stanford is actively preparing to reopen the Dish area, with the goal of allowing visitors again in early July. “We are eager to welcome you back and committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the enjoyment of all,” read the announcement. Improvements are currently underway to comply with Santa Clara County health orders […]

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Updates on area’s restaurants, businesses and non-profits post heading into June

From Jasper Ridge Farm: Farm Academy is a new program we created for children in order to bring the barn to them. Our goal is to provide fun and interactive sessions for kids to learn about farm animals and virtually interact with our support animals. These 20-30 minute sessions are on a variety of topics and […]

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-Times: COVID-19 Bay Trail Safety Rules

In an attempt to beat the heat, we headed north for walk on the Bay Trail near Coyote Point. You can’t escape signs-of-the-times anywhere! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Recreational areas on Memorial Day weekend: what’s open and what’s not?

In Menlo Park, Bedwell Bayfront Park is open for Memorial Day.  Visitors are required to: -Maintain a distance of 6 feet from those outside their household -Carry a face covering for use in the parking lot, public restrooms and when encountering others along the trails. The restrooms are open, but restricted to one person in […]

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Local parks and trails get boost from Stanford Recreation Mitigation Fund

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) on May 12 to fund seven projects in six San Mateo County communities — including Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley — using funds stemming from the 2000 Stanford University General Use Permit approval. This is a collaborative effort with San Mateo County to increase […]

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Amended shelter-in-place order allows additional businesses to reopen May 18

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has amended the shelter-in-place health order allowing the reopening of additional businesses, effective at 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2020, and bringing the county into alignment with early Stage 2 of the statewide reopening plan. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the State of California Resilience Roadmap on May […]

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California poppies spread Mother’s Day cheer

It’s InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg to the rescue again, with her photos of cheery California poppies atop Windy Hill, a perfect way to salute mothers everywhere. Here’s the back story on the flower so familiar to the Golden State, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service: “Adelbert von Chamisso, naturalist aboard the Russian exploring ship […]

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