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Menlo Park Updates

Aug 20

Tot Lot play zone resumes at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Bring your kids to run, jump, play, and socialize with other youngsters at our popular Tot Lot open play zone starting this fall on Thursdays, beginning September 6!

Tot Lot is an exciting weekly drop in program held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Burgess Park for preschool aged children from 2 to 5 years old. The program is offered weekly, September through June, on Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Children will have the opportunity make new friends and explore a tactile environment while jumping in bounce houses, tumbling on foam mats and other gymnastics play equipment, rolling around on scooters and in toy cars, throwing and catching foam balls, and much more! Select holiday Tot Lot programs will be offered throughout the year featuring a different holiday themed craft which your child can create and take home to enjoy with your family. 

An admission fee of $5 per child  and adult supervision is required at all times during the Tot Lot program.
For more information, please call the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 650-330-2200 or visit menlopark.org/totlot

You can find other exciting programs and opportunities for your preschool aged children by visiting the Fall 2018 Activity Guide and registration webpage. 

Tot Lot Play Zone Resumes at the Arrillaga Recreation Center on Thursdays
Aug 20

Menlo Park participates in national #CityHallSelfie Day

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Municipal governments looking to boost civic engagement took to social media on August 15 for international #CityHallSelfie Day.

Spearheaded by Oregon-based nonprofit Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), the online campaign serves in assisting municipalities in engendering greater community support, trust and conversations around innovation and policy.

ELGL is a professional local government membership organization that believes connecting people and stories in local government is the key to attracting the best and brightest to public service.

The #CityHallSelfie phenomenon began in 2014 when various municipal employees around the globe started snapping pictures of themselves in front of city and county buildings. What started as a fun way to show love for local government and their city halls became what is today an annual attempt to break the world record for most city hall selfies taken in one day. Each year on August 15, participants take a selfie in front of their local city hall and post it on any social media platform with the hashtag #cityhallselfie.

Visit the ELGL website for more information on City Hall Selfie Day and the ELGL organization.

City Hall Selfie

Aug 20

Peninsula cities team up to create connected bikeway

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm by Peter Ibrahim

With an abundance of sunshine, temperate climate and relatively flat terrain, the Peninsula is a perfect place to ride a bike. This opportunity, combined with the need to invest in sustainable transportation solutions, has motivated an initiative to create a Peninsula Bikeway that better connects Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City. The project is the brainchild of the Managers Mobility Partnership, a collaboration between the four cities and Stanford University with support from Joint Venture Silicon Valley to address transportation challenges in the region. The group is initially focused on building a bike infrastructure to connect the four cities and eventually the entire Peninsula region.
    
The Partnership is hosting a Ride the Interim Peninsula Bikeway launch event on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burgess Park in Menlo Park to celebrate the opening of an interim bikeway and begin planning for a future, high quality permanent bikeway. Community bike rides will be organized from each city to the park where there will be food, music and information on how to become involved in the design for a permanent bike route.  Elected representatives and staff from the cities will also be on hand at this family-friendly event to hear from the community.

The temporary bikeway route covers almost 16 miles, and runs from Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View to Warwick Street in Redwood City travels along California, Bryant, Oak Grove, Laurel, Elena and Austin among others. The route takes advantage of existing facilities with a focus on including low stress bike streets. 

“Each route has its own challenges and opportunities, and we want to hear from our communities to gather ideas about where they’d like to see the bikeway and key destinations where it should connect,” said Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre. “Regardless of the location to be chosen, making this route convenient, comfortable and safe for everyone is our primary goal.”

For more information on the project or to view a map of the interim bikeway, please visit the Peninsula Bikeway webpage.

Connected Bikeway