Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan Update

The City of Menlo Park is in the process of updating the it's Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. Over the course of the next year, we will be collaborating with the local community to explore things like: what you have, what you would like to keep, what you might like to improve and what future amenities you would like to see brought to Menlo Park's recreation system within the next 20 years.

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The City of Menlo Park provides recreation programs, social services and facilities enriching the lives of Menlo Park and other residents. The City operates programs in 10 different facilities totaling 130,000 square feet, featuring a state-of-the-art gymnastics center, an award winning gymnasium, two recreation centers, two child care centers, two after-school programs, two community pools and a senior center. Additionally this City hosts community special events, as summer concert series and programs at the local performing arts center. The City is also home to 14 parks, 2 open spaces, 14 playgrounds, 2 dog parks, 9 sports fields, 14 tennis courts and 14 picnic areas totaling over 250 acres.

Project background

In 1998, the City undertook an extensive public process to evaluate community needs by assessing the conditions of the City’s parks and recreation facilities. In November 1999, a Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan was completed, recommending $63 million in needed improvements. Priority projects were established based on input from a community opinion survey in March 2001 and additional review and recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Commission. In November 2001, Menlo Park voters approved to issue general obligations bonds, Measure T, phased in over several years totaling $38 million for the renovation and expansion of City parks and recreation facilities.

Staff issued the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan Update request for proposals in April 2017. A panel of staff members reviewed the four proposals received and invited the three most qualified consultants to interview for the project. Interviews were conducted by staff and a representative from the Parks and Recreation Commission in July 2017. Gates + Associates was selected as the most qualified consultant based on their expertise in similar projects and their understanding and approach to the project scope. The City Council approved an agreement with Gates + Associates at its October 17, 2017, meeting, for the development of the Parks and Recreations Facilities Master Plan.