Flood Park May Be Closing Indefinitely

San Mateo County budget shortfall may force closure.

The San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission has extended the deadine for their online park survey to March 25 to enable people to participate in the discussion that may close for good.

At their last meeting, Commissioners said they need to cut expenses in the parks and recreation section of its budget by about 10 percent, which equates to $655,000. This would alleviate some of the burden from the upcoming year's $82 million budget deficit.

To determine the best strategy in making this cut, Commissioners are asking residents to fill out an online survey to assess what times people use which parks in San Mateo County.  The initial survey period ended on March 16, but the county is taking online survey suggestions for two more days.

Currently closed until September 2011 as the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission makes reliability upgrades to their water supply pipelines, Flood Park offers residents 21 acres of space for softball, tennis, horse shoes, and volleyball as well as picnicking and a children’s playground.  Local teams use the baseball field during the summer months. 

The Board of Supervisors will meet in May to make final budget decisions. San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson represents the area that contains the park. 

Sarah Cueva March 25, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Closing Flood Park would be a tragedy for Menlo Park. It is the only nearby park for the surrounding neighborhoods and as such is heavily used every day of the year. A boarded-up park would be an eyesore, a magnet for crime, and a detriment to property values. I encourage everyone to write the San Mateo County Commissioners and the City of Menlo Park City Council. You can also visit the Facebook page "Save Flood Park" for email addresses and details about the upcoming budget hearings.


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