Parks and Recreation

We admit to being a bit confused about how people who never ventured out to nearby parks are now flocking to them. After the notice of the Dish closure today, we learn that Bedwell Bayfront Park is closing effective 8:00 pm tonight due to “twice the daily average of visitors.” For many years it was our favorite jogging place before going to a Pilates class nearby. Here’s one of our favorite photos from there, we think taken by Frances Freyberg.

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-times #5 – “AREA CLOSED”

In response to a request from Town of Portola Valley public officials, Windy Hill Open Space Preserve was  temporarily closed on Saturday, March 28, until further notice. In a statement Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District said: “Throughout the remaining accessible open space preserves, Midpen will continue to assess visitor use levels and public compliance with […]

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Menlo Park closes additional recreation facilities, urges better social distancing

To reduce crowds at local parks and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Menlo Park is taking additional safety measures and closing all park restrooms, all public tennis courts and all public basketball courts. These new closures are in addition to the already closed playgrounds and skate park. These changes are effective […]

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Nearby places to enjoy the outdoors this weekend

Friday, March 20 — the first day of Spring— has been circled on our calendar as time to write a post on places to enjoy the outdoors. Little did we know that a walk or hike or bike ride would be about all we could enjoy in this time of staying-at-home in the hopes of […]

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2020 tennis keys for Menlo Park courts available starting January 2

Annual tennis keys for 2020 will be available for purchase at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium (600 Alma St) starting Thursday, January 2 and the Onetta Harris Community Center (100 Terminal Ave.) starting Monday, January 6. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium office will be open: -Thursday, January 2 -Saturday, January 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

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Tonight marks the Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 8:19 pm in Menlo Park. In terms of daylight, this day is 5 hours, 10 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. Photo of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve by InMenlo co-founder […]

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Kids give “thumbs up” to new Nealon Park Nature Playground

This morning the gates were thrown open at the new Nealon Park Nature Playground to the delight of the assembled children and their families. The Park has received certification as a National Demonstration Site in the areas of inclusive play, youth physical activity and nature play. “The playground is consistent with the goals and vision […]

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Nealon Park grand opening set for November 23

We’ve been watching the building of the new Nealon Park over the past few months. It looks amazing and is also an all-abilities playground. The ground opening is Saturday, Nov. 23, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am. The park is located at 800 Middle Ave. Rendering courtesy City of Menlo Park

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Ranger service begins at Bedwell Bayfront Park and Kelly Park

On November 1, park ranger service began at Bedwell Bayfront Park and Kelly Park. Rangers will work 365 days per year, with the weekly hours worked ranging from 28 to 40 hours depending on the time of year. The ranger’s work includes daily patrol, educational outreach, verbal and/or written warnings pursuant to municipal code, fire […]

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Family Nature Day at Huddart Park on Saturday, Oct. 26

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), San Mateo County Parks, and Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks for a fun morning with your children, surrounded by trees and nature at Huddart Park for a Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will lead activities tailored […]

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World-famous human tower group from Catalonia on view at Holbrook Palmer Park

Last Saturday (Oct. 12), a world famous human tower group from Catalonia put on quite a show at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. “It is a festive event for the Catalan community in the Bay Area where we celebrate the old cultural activity typical of our land,” emailed Jordi Argente in advance of the event. “We […]

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