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Save Flood Park

From: <miller.jeffery_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 15:22:23 +0000

Members of the Board of Supervisors and the City Council,

I am writing today to strongly urge you to re-open Flood Park as soon as possible.

Flood Park serves as a community center where residents from all around the area come to exercise, relax, socialize, celebrate, and play sports, all in a beautiful setting filled with heritage oak trees and redwood groves. From the playground to the baseball field, the volleyball courts to the meandering pathways through the trees, the park is a literal breath of fresh air for residents. Shutting this park would break the hearts of the surrounding residents, not only the children who swing in the swing sets on a daily basis, but all who enjoy its magic, young and old. Shutting the park would mean closing off not just recreation, but would endanger the vibrancy of the surrounding community.

As I'm sure your records indicate, this park is highly used despite the charge for parking. The pavilions, which also require a generous reservation fee, are most always booked in the warmer months. Flood Park is a vital and critical part of the daily lives of a large range of residents and families within the surrounding neighborhoods of Suburban Park, Lorelei Manor, Fair Oaks & Belle Haven.

In addition, please consider the implications and risks of shuttering such a large park in the middle of a densely populated area. There is the strong possibility that the park may become a haven for illegal activities if boarded up as it was years ago. The park itself is naturally shielded from the road, and would be challenging to patrol. In fact, a shuttered park could end up costing the community more closed than in operating expense while open.

Flood Park is a jewel to families that live adjacent to the park, as well as to residents of the neighboring areas. It is a resource that provides a significant benefit to a wide range of residents and should remain open. As our elected representatives, please work to keep Flood Park operating.


Jeffery E. Miller and Gabrielle E. Miller 9 Heritage Place
Menlo Park, CA 94025 Received on Mon May 02 2011 - 08:23:05 PDT

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