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RE: Pocket Park on Curtis Street

From: McIntyre, Alex D <"McIntyre,>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:10:49 +0000

Mr. French,

Glad to see that you see the positives around the City's second pocket park off Santa Cruz Avenue.

As you know, the idea stems from the Council approved Downtown Specific Plan. This year's Curtis Street location seems to be a win.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements and thanks for your comments.

Alex D. McIntyre
City Manager
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 330-6610

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From: Tom French [mailto:tom_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 4:18 PM
Subject: Pocket Park on Curtis Street

I really like the pocket park that the City of Menlo Park has provided on a closed portion of Curtis Street in our downtown. Our office is very close by, and I enjoy seeing a constantly changing scene of park visitors and other people just strolling through it.

It disappointed me to see the Daily Post thought it newsworthy to print a photo suggesting that someone might have spent the night in the park. It used a photo of a solitary sleeping gentleman (not me, but Summer's not over yet) and reporting little else. The Post's report could well have been accurate, but I think it is somewhat misleading because the park seems to me to have been broadly embraced by people who are a rich and representative microcosm of the Menlo Park community itself: of all ages, comprised of families, singles and couples alike, of all races, from many countries and from all socio-economic groups.

Having the nice new Adirondack chairs and sun umbrellas made available to the park really made it. And the AstroTurf grass is far more comfortable than I ever would have imagined.

I've been taking some pictures of the park's regularly changing scene, and once I figure out how to upload them to the City's site I will do that.

Tom French
1075 Curtis Street, 2nd floor
Menlo Park


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Received on Wed Jul 13 2016 - 18:17:18 PDT

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