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UAVs at Bedwell Bayfront Park

From: domainremoved <Nancy>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:31:55 -0700

I don’t believe that Remote Controlled aircraft or drones are compatible with Bedwell Bayfront Park, its visitors and its wildlife. The City is frequently reminded that the park was designed and designated for passive use. But the remainder of that 1974 concept statement is equally important – the words “providing public access to the Bay and opportunity for people to enjoy peace and quiet.”

There are 15 City parks and 1 large County park in Menlo Park. 10 of the 16 have playgrounds, 10 offer basketball and/or tennis, 10 host baseball and/or soccer, and 6 offer picnicking. Only 1—Bedwell Bayfront Park—promises peace and quiet. Only 1—Bayfront Park—is home to diverse wildlife and offers shelter for migratory birds. And only one—Bayfront Park—provides access to the Bay and close up views of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.

Our city is becoming more crowded and noisy—with Facebook’s 6500 added employees, extensive redevelopment in the M-2 area, the developments to come on-stream via the Downtown Plan, and the related employment and residents resulting from the multiplier effect. We increasingly need places that offer peace, quiet and a bit of solitude. Many residents and local workers count on Bedwell Bayfront Park for that. To me, having RC aircraft and drones in the park is a bit like having mini-leaf blowers whining just overhead. I don’t think it is too much to ask that one of our parks remains free of intrusive motor noises.

You on the Council are aware that UAVs are unwelcome at most parks, reserves and wildlife refuges across the U.S. This includes: all national parks, dozens of state and local park districts including all San Mateo county parks, all but one Santa Clara County park, and all city parks in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, and San Mateo. Such bans pose the question: what do these park managers understand that you all don’t?

Please accept the staff recommendation to prohibit drones and other unmanned aircraft systems in Menlo Park’s parks.


Nancy Borgeson

Laurel Street, Menlo Park
Received on Mon Aug 22 2016 - 14:38:13 PDT

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