Parks and Recreation Commission

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Name Email Phone Term expires
Jennifer Baskin - Vice Chair
Email n/a April 30, 2024
Marc Bryman Email n/a April 30, 2023
Peter Diepenbrock Email  650-714-1522 April 30, 2023
Christopher Harris - Chair
Email 650-381-6422 April 30, 2021
Jennifer Johnson Email n/a April 30, 2024
Dana Payne Email n/a April 30, 2022
Sarah Staley Shenk Email n/a April 30, 2021

Roles and responsibilities

The Parks and Recreation Commission will strive for excellence in teamwork to:
  • Affirm the diversity in the community
  • Be financially responsible
  • Be responsive to community needs for leisure, cultural and social programs
  • Maintain a liaison between the community and City Council
  • Maintain its availability, visibility and accessibility to the community and the media
  • Preserve and protect open space and park lands
  • Promote safety in all facilities and programs

Commission priorities

  • Provide high quality and inclusive programs and services that meet the diverse and changing needs of all Menlo Park residents and neighboring communities
  • Ensure City Parks and Community Facilities are well-maintained, upgraded and/or expanded to improve accessibility and usage by a diverse population, while promoting sustainable environmental design and practices
  • Improve class and program offerings, venues, partnerships and sponsorships to increase the quality and accessibility of educational, recreational, sporting, artistic, and cultural programs in the City of Menlo Park
  • Support initiatives, partnerships and projects that intersect with the City’s Park and Community Services resulting in well-coordinated efforts to meet the needs of residents