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Menlo Park Aquatics


Burgess Aquatic Facility
501 Laurel St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Menlo Park Aquatics Contract Review Process


The City of Menlo Park rebuilt the Burgess Aquatic Facility, located at 501 Laurel Street, in 2006. The Burgess Aquatic Facility renovation was funded by Measure T bonds. Prior to completing the construction of this project and opening the facility in 2006, the City had undertaken a community-based budget process called Your City/Your Decision, the results of which provided guidance for making difficult budget reductions. As a result of this process, the aquatics budget was identified for reduction. Due to the nature of public aquatic programs and facilities, achieving full cost recovery was not seen as possible, given that the new facility - with multiple pools - would have higher costs. Several options for cost savings were discussed, including reduced operational hours, pool closure during winter months, and closing the Belle Haven pool entirely. An alterative solution was reached in May 2006, when the City of Menlo Park entered into a Lease Agreement with a private contractor to operate the Burgess facility and aquatic programming year-round for 5 years. This lease agreement will expire on May 20, 2011. The City is seeking proposals from private aquatic program providers to operate the Burgess Aquatic Facility and aquatic programming beginning in May 2011 through May 2016. In addition, the option to include the operations of the Belle Haven Pool, located at 100 Terminal Ave (currently open during the summer only) is included.


  • SOLO Aquatics Rental Terms
  • Team Sheeper Lease Agreement 2011
  • Important Dates:

  • Preliminary RFP Discussion & Public Input by Parks & Recreation Commission - June 16, 2010
  • Draft RFP Review by Parks & Recreation Commission - July 14, 2010
  • Draft RFP Review by City Council - August 24, 2010
  • RFP Issued - August 30, 2010
  • Pre-proposal conference and tour - September 14, 2010
  • RFP Deadline - October 15, 2010
  • Burgess & Belle Haven Aquatics Surveys; September 1, 2010- Oct 20, 2010
  • Review Committee Selected - October 11-19, 2010
  • Candidate Interviews by Review Committee - October 25, 2010
  • Review Committee Discussion & Recommendation - November 1, 2010
  • Public Comment at Parks & Recreation Commission meeting- Nov 4, 2010
  • City Council Presentation - TBD
  • New Contract Start Date - May 20, 2011
  • Review Committee Members:

    Kelly Blythe

    Parks & Recreation Commission


    James Cebrian

    Parks & Recreation Commission


    Maria Silvia Gonzalez-Garcia

    Community Member


    Starla Jerome-Robinson

    Assistant City Manager


    Andy Kirkpatrick

    Parks & Recreation Commission


    Karen Mihalek

    Recreation Coordinator


    Katrina Whiteaker

    Recreation Services Manager


    Cherise Brandell

    Community Services Director (Committee Facilitator)


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