Memorial Park Facility Improvement Project


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Campers arriving for the 2021 camping season will be the first to see new facility improvements. Learn more and view photos »

About the Project

San Mateo County Parks is embarking on the first comprehensive facility improvement project in the 95-year history of Memorial County Park.

In order to complete the work in a safe and efficient manner while also limiting the length of time campgrounds are unavailable, Sequoia, Azalea, Redwood and Wurr flats will close October 20, 2019 and will remain closed during the entire 2020 camping season. Camping is expected to resume in the spring of 2021. All day use areas, including hiking trails, picnic areas and the visitor center will remain open during this period.

Youth camp areas at Sam McDonald, San Pedro Valley, San Bruno Mountain, Huddart and Junipero Serra parks will be open and available for reservation by calling: (650) 363-4021, Monday through Thursdays.

Memorial Park was dedicated on July 4,1924 and all 300 campsites were full that evening. Each summer during peak camping season, more than 1,500 people fill the campgrounds each day.  For some campers the retreat is part of an annual tradition and often multiple generations of families and friends reconnect at Memorial Park each summer.

During the past 95 years, periodic renovations have been made to water and sewer systems, and to facilities, including bathroom and shower buildings. In preparation for the next generation of campers and for the celebration of the Park’s 100-year anniversary in 2024, the County is embarking on this two-year-long infrastructure and building replacement effort.

When the campgrounds reopen in 2021, park visitors will experience new restroom and shower buildings, resurfaced park roads, improved paths of travel, and accessible features that are ADA compliant.

Work has already begun. The water treatment plant was renovated in 2017 and staff is beginning repairs on sewer line.

Project Timeline

Rest assured that what you love about Memorial Park will remain – towering Redwoods, banana slugs, the cool Pescadero Creek, and the amphitheater.

We’re excited about the improvements that will enhance this historic campground and we will keep you informed as the project moves forward. Check back for the most recent news. Or, sign up for our E-Newsletter and be among the first to read about the progress.

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