Parks and Recreation

Come for a fun, Friday night in Flood Park (215 Bay Road, Menlo Park)to watch Captain Marvel (PG-13). Bring blankets to reserve your spot on the lawn near the adobe building. The movie will begin as it gets dark, approximately 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be available.

Register for this free event on the San Mateo County Parks Eventbrite page.

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Point Lobos State Natural Preserve is a wildlife wonderland

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most spent the 4th of July visiting Point Lobos State Natural Preserve which is just south of Carmel. Here’s a description from the state website to set the scene for the wonderful photos of sea birds and sea life he captured there that day: “Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding […]

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Spotted: Porta potties at Fremont Park

Update on June 30: They’re no longer there. In full disclosure, this writer’s spouse started a campaign of sorts last summer bringing signs saying “where are the potties?” to Fremont Park concerts. He even wrote an opinion piece for InMenlo. So both of us were surprised to see port potties at Fremont Park last Sunday. […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg is featured artist in May at Portola Art Gallery

Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg is the featured artist this May at the Portola Art Gallery. The theme is “Views from the Trail,” photographs from her favorite hikes. We feature four here, selected because they focus tightly on the subject matter. The Bay Checkerspot butterfly (top) was  photographed at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve as was the […]

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Kites take to the sky over Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park

Families flocked to Bedwell Bayfront Park yesterday with the goal of hoisting kites into the air. Most were successful (unlike the Warriors last night, undoubtedly to one youngster’s dismay). This Menlo Park open space is well situated near the Bay so gets some gusty winds, especially at this time of the year. InMenlo contributing photographer […]

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Kite Day comes to Bedwell Bayfront Park on May 4

Come enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Bay as you take your kite to the skies while enjoying great food and activities for the kids. Since our first Kite Day in 1988 there has been no better place to fly a kite in Menlo Park, then Bedwell Bayfront Park. Enjoy: – Kite flying – […]

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Grazing goats return to Sharon Hills Park in Menlo Park

The hungry weed-eaters will be grazing in Sharon Hills Park for the next two weeks, eliminating the fire hazard of dry weeds and grass. The goats are a nontoxic alternative to using herbicides, one of the many environmentally friendly practices of the City of Menlo Park’s Integrated Pest Management Plan. The goats are cared for […]

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Then and now photos as Ladera Recreation District pools turn 60

The Ladera Recreation District’s two pools debuted on April 29, 1959 — 60 years ago today. “Ready for inspection will be two heated pools and bath houses with showers and dressing rooms,” read a newspaper account of the opening. The pools were financed by a $85,000 bond issue which had been approved by Ladera residents the […]

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Today’s Spring treat: on the trail at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most hiked Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve yesterday. The over three thousand acre preserve is known for its wildflower display in the spring — notably poppies and lupine. According to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District website, “Russian Ridge was named for Mr. Paskey, a Russian immigrant who grazed cattle and […]

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Spotted: Grass as high as an elephant’s eye

Well almost. The point is that in many years jogging and hiking at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park we’ve never seen grass as tall as this year’s spring crop, which stands well over six feet. Whether that is as “high as an elephant’s eye” as the song from the musical Oklahoma notes, we aren’t […]

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Menlo Park kids are on the hunt for Easter eggs at Burgess Park

The City of Menlo Park in partnership with the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Menlo Park Fire District held egg hunts at both Kelly and Burgess Park this morning. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most stopped by the latter to capture some of the fun. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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