University Park

Boys at Friday Frolics_2015Thanks to the organizing efforts of University Park resident Josie Tang, the first of three Friday Frolics kicked off the summer a month early on Friday night. Neighbors of all ages gathered on Perry Lane, bringing drinks and treats to share. Resident Cindy Tipton took some photos of kids being kids. Additional Frolics will be held in June and August.

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Perry Tree #2 continues to be center of a neighborhood

When the Valley Oak that had stood in the middle of Perry Lane (officially Avenue) for 200 years fell in January 2005, it took a lot of the once colorful neighborhood’s history with it. (Ah, if only a tree could talk!) In the early 60s, the rustic cottages on the short block in the University […]

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Friday Frolic brings University Park neighborhood together

When the University Park neighborhood of [unincorporated] Menlo Park began holding its summer Friday Frolic gatherings about a decade ago, it was an almost weekly event. It was easy to do – the parents and kids would just spill onto the grounds of nearby Oak Knoll School. (Data point for trivia fans; kids in this […]

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Camarillo Pacific – Menlo’s hidden railway treasure

Maybe you’ve noticed. InMenlo loves to find the hidden treasures of Menlo Park. Add Camarillo Pacific Railroad to the list – right near the top. “It’s like a real railroad,” explains owner Colin Camarillo about the model train operation that surrounds all sides of the University Park home where he grew up. “I can run […]

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Halloween parades – and pumpkins – all over town

The University Park neighborhood was in full Halloween mode, closing a block of Stanford Ave and covering (at least part of) it in straw. Morning featured a pumpkin carving with results  judged on wide-ranging merit. The parade got underway around 3:00, after one final group shot of the kids and their very creative costumes (thanks […]

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Hidden Menlo: University Park cottages

There’s a sliver of what’s called variably University Park or Menlo Heights directly behind Oak Knoll School and just north of Sand Hill Road which houses a cluster of four cottages, three of which are particularly fanciful. According to the current owner, the cottages present both history – and mystery: “The original house on the […]

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