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Oct 11

Programs and services continue during Menlo Park Community Campus construction

Posted on October 11, 2021 at 5:41 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park continues to provide services to the community during construction of the new Menlo Park Community Campus facility:

  • The Belle Haven Youth Center (afterschool child care) has temporarily relocated to a portable facility located at the end of Kelly Park.
  • Menlo Park’s Senior Programs have temporarily relocated to the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center with additional space in the Main Library.
  • Many recreation classes and programs have temporarily relocated to space in the Belle Haven Branch Library and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.
  • Aquatics programs are available at Burgess Pool.
  • The Kelly Park athletic field, track, restrooms, tennis courts and basketball courts remain in place and accessible to the public throughout the project.

On December 16, 2019, Facebook submitted its proposed framework for exploring the funding and development of a new multi-generational community center and library at the current Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center and Belle Haven Youth Center, near Kelly Park. On January 28, 2020, the City Council voted 4-0 (then-Vice Mayor Combs recused) to collaborate with Facebook and the community on the project.

The Menlo Park Community Campus is a state of the art community facility planned at the site of the former Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center, Belle Haven Pool and Belle Haven Youth Center. A new multigenerational facility is slated to open in 2023 and will include a recreation center, gymnasium, senior center, afterschool child care, fitness center, pool, branch library, teen space, makerspace and community meeting rooms. The new facility will be all-electric, including solar panels to generate renewable energy for use on-site, and is being constructed to emergency shelter standards.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is planned for Saturday, November 6, at 10 a.m. with more details to follow.