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Nealon Park


  1. Off-leash dog area
  2. Picnic areas
  3. Picnic tables
  4. Playground
  5. Softball field
  6. Tennis court


On April 27, 1948, the Menlo Park City Council voted to rename Menlo Recreation Park, located at Middle Avenue west of El Camino Real. The park was renamed Nealon Recreation Park in honor of James J. Nealon.

Mr. Nealon was the chairman of the San Mateo County Youth Activity Committee. After retiring in Menlo Park after 48 years in the U.S. Custom Service in San Francisco, Mr. Nealon worked tirelessly to provide local boys with athletic opportunities including basketball and baseball.

Nealon Park is by far one of the City's most popular destinations with activities available for all. Based on the recreation master plan completed in 2002, Measure "T" Improvements are now complete.

For field status in questionable weather please call the field weather hotline at 650-330-2590.

All abilities playground

In 2019, the City contracted with GameTime, a PlayCore Company, to design and build a new playground at
Nealon Park. A subcommittee, which consisted of City staff, GameTime staff, and members of the Parks
and Recreation Committee, met multiple times to discuss and approve various parts of this nature-themed playground. The subcommittee also recommended the need for playgrounds to be more inclusive to meet the needs of the whole community regardless of ability, a concept consistent with feedback received through the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan.The new Nealon Park playground is a National Demonstration Site based on its unique and innovative total inclusive features. 


Nealon Park is 9 acres.

Dog Park

Dog Park hours are Monday-Friday from 8-10 a.m.

Rental Information

For information on reserving fields, tennis courts, or picnic areas, please visit our online facility reservation portal.