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Menlo Park Updates

Aug 12

Registration is fast approaching for many new fall classes!

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Summer is wrapping up and the start of a new school year is fast approaching! Menlo Park is offering a wide range of new and returning classes this fall session.

Check out some of our newest youth classes at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center:
Music Together (0Y-5Y) which brings family music making to a whole new level, perfect for your little one. Middle school aged students have the opportunity to enroll in French Club, which enhances a greater appreciation for French culture and language. French tutoring is also offered to sharpen and enhance language skills.

Don’t forget to also swing by Onetta Harris Community Center for the Open House, Thursday September 12, 2019, 6–8 p.m. This event will include free food, prizes and more information on services and programs offered. Check out the new fitness Xtreme Hip-Hop STEP class. This is a high energy toning cardio class performed to the sounds of Hip-Hop/R&B music. Each routine is uniquely created to old and new school hip-hop music that makes you want get up and move while getting a great calorie burn!

All classes are detailed in the new Fall Activity Guide. Registration begins Monday, August 12, 2019, for residents. Thursday, August 15, 2019, for Unincorporated Menlo Park residents and Monday, August 19, for nonresidents. Find something for you and family! 


Aug 12

Application deadline for 2019 Youth Community Police Academy extended

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The application deadline for the Menlo Park Youth Community Police Academy has been extended to August 22, 2019. This community academy will be held on six Saturdays starting September 7 through October 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All youth in grades 8-12 between the ages of 13 and 18 years old are encouraged to take part in this interactive program. The youth academy will highlight the inner workings of law enforcement and give participants an overview of police operations and structure. The Police Department conducts this academy in an educational setting with both indoor and outdoor activities that allow youth to ask questions openly and to discuss with police staff any concerns they have with law enforcement.

Participants can explore their curiosity and learn what laws are enforced and their importance. The curriculum covers topics such as crime scenes, traffic operations, patrol operations, K-9 demos, gangs, drugs, fire safety, first aid and more! Lunch and class t-shirts will be provided.

Youth Academy class picture in front of City Council Chambers

Aug 12

Local redwoods provide inspired storytime setting in Burgess Park

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:17 pm by Peter Ibrahim

In an effort to reduce waste and beautify the civic center campus, reclaimed redwood logs have been transformed into functional artwork benches near the main library for public use.

The logs were salvaged from tree removals at 1000 El Camino Real. As part of the permit conditions for the project, logs from the removed redwood trees were delivered to Burgess Park and placed near the Library by Matteson Investment Corporation in partnership with Novo Construction. Additional logs are being milled for use in affordable housing projects.

The funds for this art project at the civic center came from the city’s parks tree maintenance budget. The artwork is being created by master chain saw carver John Mahoney of Street Tree Revival, who has worked on similar projects for the City at Fremont Park and on the Laurel Street side of City Hall. 

Learn more about storytime offerings by visiting the city website.

owl bench near menlo park library chainsaw-carved from local reclaimed redwoods