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FW: Petition in favor of the multi-use field for Flood Park

From: domainremoved <Nettie>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 18:39:14 +0000

Dear Menlo Park City Council, I am forwarding on to you a petition I submitted to the San Mateo County Parks Department on Friday along with a letter that went with the petition and a layout drawing of a space on the western side of the park where a second junior field could fit. My email is below. It was sent to Peggy Jensen, the acting San Mateo County Parks director as the most recent parks director, Jonathan Gervais suddenly left. He was only at the job approximately 6 months.

It is on the County Parks Commissioners agenda for this Thursday 6/7 to present and approve the draft EIR that was completed last year and available for public comment until Nov 17, 2017. The Comments were posted to the Parks Department website approximately 2 weeks ago in preparation for the meeting this Thursday.

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From: Nettie Wijsman<mailto:nwijsman_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2018 4:35 PM
To: pjensen_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: re: Petition in favor of the multi-use field for Flood Park

Peggy, I was recently told you are the interim director of the San Mateo County Parks Department. Although I already sent in this petition to the County on Friday, MP City Counsel member Kirsten Keith advised me to send it to you directly. I have also included the letter I sent with it to be included in the Commissioners Packet for the meeting on Thursday.

This park cannot support the level of development being proposed without affecting the current users of the park. Yesterday at 7:15 PM I counted 123 cars still in the parking lot after a day at the park. This is not unusual on the weekends in the spring/summer/fall. Most of the users of this park are from East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park and the North Fair Oaks neighborhoods, all lower income neighborhoods. Neighbors walk the park and take children to the playground.

Neighbors approve of the multi-use plan because it will still meet the parks objectives without having as significant an impact on the park, traffic, parking and neighbors.

Unfortunately as this process has continued, neighbors are the group that have been considered the least. Not starting games until 9AM and having a 100 foot buffer between the edge of the fields are small concessions compared to the impact this plan will have on our lives.

I can be reached by phone at 650/328-3534 if you would like to discuss further. Nettie Wijsman

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Received on Mon Jun 04 2018 - 11:41:16 PDT

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