Menlo Park: Concept plans released for Bedwell Bayfront Park | News – California News

Menlo Park: Concept plans released for Bedwell Bayfront Park | News – California News

A 2-acre dog park, a non-motorized boat launch, a playground, an amphitheater, outdoor fitness facilities, and wheelchair-accessible trails are among ideas for changes being considered for Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park.

The city recently launched a process to update the park’s master plan, which lays out goals for the park over the next 25 years. The 160-acre park located at the bayside terminus of Marsh Road was once the site of a dump; it was converted into a park in the 1980s.

A community meeting to get feedback on alternative plans for the park will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave. People who wish to comment on the concept plans can fill out an online survey before Aug. 10.

The park’s operational funding source is set to run out in about three years, city staff say. Operational funds come from a dwindling pool of money that built up when the park was a dump, where people paid to get rid of their waste.

The pool of funds has been shrinking since the park was created. To stretch the existing funds farther, the park’s ranger position was eliminated in 2011.

Finding a way to fund the park is a major concern, and a wide range of options are being considered – including adopting parking fees, staff say.

Park plan concepts

Concept plan A has an emphasis on accessibility, according to documents produced by consultant Callander Associates Landscape Architecture. There are plans for a 2-acre dog park, a fitness course, a small nature play area and amphitheater, and a non-motorized boat launch. Trails would add up to 5 miles: 4 miles of asphalt and a 1-mile “treated” trail, designed…

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