Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan Update

The City of Menlo Park has been working for over a year to update its Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. The Master Plan is the result of an extensive public process to evaluate community needs and assess the conditions of the city’s parks and recreation facilities. It will provide a road map to guide future decisions on how the city should maintain, manage and develop its parks, open space and recreation system for the next 20 years.

At the core of the plan is the input and guidance received from the community through multiple opportunities and venues. We continue to solicit community input as this project nears completion.

Here are a few upcoming opportunities for you to provide feedback on the plan:

Online survey


A survey is open now until April 19, 2019, to review the draft guidelines and recommendations that have been developed based upon what we have heard from the community. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide your comments on your favorite parks and facilities.

Complete the survey


Important upcoming dates


  • April 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. – The Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Group meets to review the draft guidelines and recommendations and key project milestones. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.  For more information see the meeting agenda.
  • April 16, 2019, at 6 p.m. – City Council Study Session will be held in Belle Haven at the Menlo Park Senior Center on the Master Plan guidelines and recommendations. 
  • April 24, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. - Parks and Recreation Commission Study Session will be held at the Arrillga Family Recreation Center.
  • May 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. – Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting will be held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.
  • June 18, 2019, at 7 p.m. – City Council review and acceptance of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan at the City Council Chambers.
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About


The City of Menlo Park provides recreation programs, social services and facilities enriching the lives of Menlo Park and other residents. The City operates programs in 10 different facilities totaling 130,000 square feet, featuring a state-of-the-art gymnastics center, an award winning gymnasium, two recreation centers, two child care centers, two after-school programs, two community pools and a senior center. Additionally this City hosts community special events, as summer concert series and programs at the local performing arts center. The City is also home to 14 parks, 2 open spaces, 14 playgrounds, 2 dog parks, 9 sports fields, 14 tennis courts and 14 picnic areas totaling over 250 acres.

Project background


In 1998, the City undertook an extensive public process to evaluate community needs by assessing the conditions of the City’s parks and recreation facilities. In November 1999, a Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan was completed, recommending $63 million in needed improvements. Priority projects were established based on input from a community opinion survey in March 2001 and additional review and recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Commission. In November 2001, Menlo Park voters approved to issue general obligations bonds, Measure T, phased in over several years totaling $38 million for the renovation and expansion of City parks and recreation facilities.

Staff issued the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan Update request for proposals in April 2017. A panel of staff members reviewed the four proposals received and invited the three most qualified consultants to interview for the project. Interviews were conducted by staff and a representative from the Parks and Recreation Commission in July 2017. Gates + Associates was selected as the most qualified consultant based on their expertise in similar projects and their understanding and approach to the project scope. The City Council approved an agreement with Gates + Associates at its October 17, 2017, meeting, for the development of the Parks and Recreations Facilities Master Plan.