Reopening plans

Last year, we closed city facilities to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential city services like public safety, emergency maintenance and child care continued in-person. Most other city services changed format to virtual, online and curbside pickup.

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As vaccinations rise, Menlo Park prepares to expand access to city services and city facilities. Check out our 4-phase city reopening plan for the next 4-6 months (partial list):

Phase 1

  • July 1 – Picnic area reservations
  • July 6 – Main Library and Belle Haven Branch library
  • July 6 – Police lobby
  • July 12 – Senior meals and services at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and Main Library

Phase 2

  • Aug. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for children, youth, people with special needs
  • Aug. 2021 – Small-scale special event permits
  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for the public
  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor public meetings (City Council and advisory bodies) 

Phase 3

  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor Arrillaga Family Gymnasium access
  • Oct. 2021 – City Hall general public access
  • Nov. 2021 – Indoor gymnastics

Phase 4

  • Dec. 2021 – Large-scale special events
  • Dec. 2021 – Indoor city facility rentals
  • Dec. 2021 – All other indoor access

All dates are tentative and subject to change. More details about specific operating hours and safety precautions to be announced.

Specific facilities, activities and services

Facility Status* Reopening
Arrillaga Family Gymnasium
Closed Sept. 2021
Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center
Closed Nov. 2021
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Closed Aug. 2021
Athletic fields
Basketball courts - outdoors
Bedwell Bayfront Park
Belle Haven Branch Library Closed July 6
Belle Haven Child Development Center
Belle Haven Pool
Closed for construction
Belle Haven Youth Center (after school child care)
Burgess Pool
City Hall
Closed; limited services by appointment only
Oct. 2021
Dog parks Open  
Menlo Children's Center
Main Library   
July 6
Menlo Park Senior Center                                                                                                                                         
Closed for construction.
Senior services relocated to the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.
July 12
Onetta Harris Community Center Closed for construction  
Picnic areas Open  
Police lobby Closed July 6
Restrooms at parks and outdoor facilities Open  
Skate Park
Tennis courts
* Current COVID-19 modifications and restrictions apply.

Activities and services Status*
Advisory commissions and committee meetings Online; in-person resumes Sept. 2021
Building permits
Online and by appointment
Child care centers Open
City Council meetings Online; in-person resumes Sept. 2021
Construction activity
Active - inspections ongoing
Daytime parking enforcement
Emergency Operations Center
Active, virtual
Encroachment permits Online only
Facility rentals - indoors Suspended; reservations resume Dec. 2021
Garbage/recycling/green waste services
Libraries Curbside pickup only; indoor access resumes July 6, 2021
Menlo Park Municipal Water services
Normal; pay bills online or by mail
Overnight parking enforcement
Police emergency response
Police non-emergency response
Recreation classes
Online and outdoor only; indoor access resumes Aug. 2021
Senior services                                                                                                                              Active - meal deliveries and wellness checks; indoor access resumes at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center July 12, 2021
Street sweeping
Summer camps Active
Transportation shuttles
Operating with modifications
Tree permits Online and inspections by appointment.
* Current COVID-19 modifications and restrictions apply.