Flood Park

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow reminds San Mateo County residents that activities typically associated with holidays require caution and planning with a focus on keeping loved ones safe and continuing to bring down COVID-19 case numbers.

“As we approach the [Labor Day] weekend, I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing, face coverings, and avoiding gatherings,” he said. “While Labor Day is usually a time for family events and backyard barbecues, this year COVID-19 requires us all to celebrate differently – by staying in our household groups, avoiding others if we go outside, and wearing a face covering any time we are in public.

“Our return to normalcy in San Mateo County depends on these measures. We’ve made progress, but we still have a long way to go. And we’ve all got be responsible and safe this weekend. Our comeback depends on all of us.”

Fourteen San Mateo County Parks reopened September 3 after closing Aug. 20 when park rangers were assigned to assist with the CZU Lightning Complex fire. In Menlo Park, Flood Park is open for walk-ins only; the parking lot is closed.

As of September 3, San Mateo County recorded 8,452 COVID-19 cases. The breakdown by city/town in InMenlo’s coverage area: Atherton – 34; Ladera – less than 10; Menlo Park – 345; North Fair Oaks – less than 10; Portola Valley – 27; unincorporated west Menlo Park – less than 10; Woodside – 27.

In keeping with current San Mateo County Health Orders and state guidelines, park visitors are reminded to carry a face covering and wear it when a distance of six feet can’t be maintained. Drop-in picnic tables are for single household use only; group gatherings are not allowed in picnic areas.

See a list of open San Mateo County Parks.

Pescadero Creek, Sam McDonald and Memorial parks are contained in the mandatory evacuation zone of the CZU Lightning Complex fire and remain closed.

The City of Pacifica will close all beaches and beach parking lots from sunrise Saturday, Sept. 5 to sunrise Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Some California State parks and beaches in San Mateo County remain closed due to area fires. See state park information here.

InMenlo file photo of Flood Park (c) 2019

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Vehicle fee to enter Flood Park in Menlo Park eliminated

At its August 4th meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors eliminated the $6.00 vehicle fee to enter Flood Park in Menlo Park The 21-acre county-owned and -operated park primarily serves residents from Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City. It is popular for its playgrounds, picnic sites, reservation sites, sports […]

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Watch Captain Marvel at Flood Park on July 19

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 […]

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Community invited to review Flood Park design ideas

San Mateo County Parks will host a community meeting to show three alternatives for a redesigned Flood Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Fair Oaks Community Center (2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City). At the meeting, participants will be asked to indicate which design alternatives resonates with them or which […]

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Second meeting to get community feedback on Flood Park set for June 23

San Mateo County Parks will host a second community meeting to learn what park users want to see in a redesigned Flood County Park located in Menlo Park. The meeting will be held on June 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. San Mateo County Park […]

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Community meeting to reimagine Flood Park set for May 20

For close to 80 years Flood County Park has been considered a neighborhood park to the residents of Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, and East Palo Alto. The 21-acre Park is nestled along the borders of those communities and is rich with history, including being a part of the Flood family estate and a project […]

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Flood Park reopens on Nov. 12 after 13 month closure

After being shuttered for 13 months to facilitate San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) upgrades to its water supply pipelines, Flood County Park will re-open on November 12, 2011 at Noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration event co-hosted by the Friends of Flood Park and the San Mateo County Parks Department. A ribbon cutting […]

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90 participate in clean up day at Flood Park

Over 90 park supporters from Menlo Park, Redwood City and East Menlo Park painted, pruned trees and detailed the play structure at Flood Park to show their support for the  park as part of National Public Lands Day on Saturday (9/24). Boy Scouts from Encinal and Laurel Elementary Schools,  Pack 565, Den 4 (pictured left), washed […]

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Guest Opinion: A flood of support for Flood Park

Editor’s note: InMenlo welcomes submissions for its Opinions section about issues affecting our local area. Tell us what’s on your mind in 700 words or less. Please be brief, relevant, informed, respectful AND polite. Please include your name – no anonymous opinions! We review all opinions before they are published and may choose to not […]

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County recommends closing Flood Park

A press release issued by San Mateo County Manager David S. Boesch this afternoon (3/23) confirmed what residents of  the Suburban Park and Lorelei Manor had already heard: Flood Park in Menlo Park is slated to be closed, saving the County $205,000 annually. The park closure is just a small portion of the potential $50 […]

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Pétanque players bring un goût de Provence to Menlo Park

The Bay Area Pétanque Players gathered this afternoon in Flood Park in Menlo Park, as they usually do once a month, to play some casual games with two to three person teams at an event they dubbed “Pastis and Pétanque.” “We’re a pretty eclectic group – French, Russian, Belgian, British and American,” said organizer Geoff […]

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