Sustainability & SMC Parks
Updated Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Parks was honored to be a recipient at the Sustainable San Mateo County Awards Event on April 6, 2017. It was an inspiring evening that paid tribute to those working to make our region truly sustainable. See the video on this page about San Mateo County Parks' sustaibility efforts created by Sustainable San Mateo.
From Sustainable San Mateo:
"Public parks serve as community recreation and gathering spaces, protect environmental resources and habitats, contribute to the vibrancy and quality of life of the region, and are available to all members of the community. While this alone might be deserving of recognition, the San Mateo County Parks Department has gone much further by making sustainability a core value: incorporating environment (planning and preservation), economic vitality (value of parks to the local economy) and social equity (use of parks by those with limited access). For each park, they have examined transportation / access, conservation of water and energy, general stewardship, cost-saving opportunities, and much more. Improvements to address sea level rise (Coyote Point), adaptation of a former portion of Highway 1 to create a walking / biking trail (Devil’s Slide), and use of fallen redwood trees to make park furniture (Memorial Park) are specific improvements now underway or completed. Under a recent grant, the Department operates a free week-end shuttle bus from East Palo Alto, where car ownership is low, to certain parks. The Department is also actively working to expand “urban mini-parks” within Unincorporated San Mateo County to provide additional opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy parks closer to home."