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Mezes Park Closed Starting Monday for Renovations

The City says, major renovations are coming.

Are you a fan of Redwood City's Mezes Park? If so, it's about to get even better, the City says.

Starting this Monday, Feb. 11, the park will be closed as the City begins a major renovation.

Improvements to the park will include:

  • New restrooms
  • New play equipment
  • New, safer pathways
  • New pedestrian lights

Plus, a team of local Eagle Scouts will be building, donating and installing a new bench in the park.

The City said, the park will be closed during the renovation, and parking around the perimeter of the park will be restricted.

The tennis courts will remain open; however, the City said they may require the occasional temporary closure.

The park is expected to reopen by the summertime.

Did you know? City consultants believe Mezes Park is the oldest public park in California, and is certainly one of the oldest in the entire country. Some suspect, it is the second-oldest, just behind New York City's Central Park.

Mezes Park is a 1.7-acre park donated to Redwood City by Mr. Mezes in 1854.

The park was last renovated in 1976, and a portion of the large playground was replaced by a KaBoom! project in 2009 - so, it's due for some upgrades, said City spokesperson Malcolm Smith.

For more information, contact the Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department at 650-780-7250 or the Engineering Division at 650-780-7379.

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SabrinaC February 10, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Sad to say, no matter what the city does to renovate this park it won't be a safe place to play until they can get rid of the drug dealers!
Cliff Keith February 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Please don't touch the Tank! You can paint it but that's all.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive February 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
The oldest park in the US is Boston Common, established for public use in 1817
Victor February 11, 2013 at 03:33 PM
If they do move the tank they can relocate it to my front yard, pointed at the traffic going by. :-)
Julie February 13, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I hope they keep the sand. I hate tanbark because you can't make muddies, sand castles, or walk barefoot or sit comfortably in it.

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