Re-Imagine Flood Park Project Updates
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Notice of Preparation for a Revision to the Flood Park EIR
In response to concerns raised by neighbors to the Flood Park EIR we will be conducting further analysis. See the scope and content of a forthcoming EIR revision and send us your feedback by June 7. View More »
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Final Review of Flood Park FEIR
We are conducting a final review of the Flood Park Landscape Plan Final Environmental Impact Report. When this is complete, the Final EIR/Response to Comments will be scheduled for review by the SMC Board of Supervisors. Once a meeting date is secured, it will be posted on the Parks website and an announcement will be mailed to residents who live near the park.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Final EIR to be Reviewed by Board of Supervisors
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Flood Park Landscape Plan has been approved by the Parks Commission at their August 2018 meeting, and will go to the Board of Supervisors for their review.
August 8, 2018
At the Aug 2 meeting, the Parks Commission accepted the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Flood Park Landscape Plan. Pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, the Department will work with a design firm to realize the plans for redevelopment.
June 5, 2018
Report to Parks Commission Postponed
The presentation on the project and EIR to be made to the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Commission on June 7 has be postponed to the August 2nd meeting. The Commission will hear statements regarding the plan/EIR from the public at that time.
May 16, 2018
Final EIR Posted
The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Flood Park improvement project is now available for review on the Re-image Flood Park project page. The report includes the October 3 Draft EIR and Appendices and the May 15 Final EIR and Response to Comments.
A presentation on the project and the EIR will be made to the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Commission is on June 7. The public is invited to make statements about the final report to the Commission at the meeting. Acceptance of the EIR opens the door for construction design to begin sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.
March 7, 2018
The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Flood Park improvement project is expected to be completed in mid-April. The document will be posted on the Re-image Flood Park project page and presentation to the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission is slated for June 7. At that meeting, the public will be invited to make statements about the final report. Acceptance of the EIR opens the door for construction design to begin sometime late 2018 or early 2019.
February 5, 2018
Steps to the Final EIR
The review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to restore and improve Flood Park is closed. All comments received will be reviewed and evaluated as part of the process for creating the final EIR which will be posted on this site for public review and will be an item on an upcoming Parks and Recreation Commission meeting agenda.
November 20, 2017
Draft EIR Review Period Complete
From October 3 through November 16, San Mateo County Parks received input on a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to restore and improve Flood Park via a form on the Parks website. The review period is now complete. All written comments regarding the adequacy of the Draft EIR were required to be submitted during this time period.
April 10, 2017
Draft EIR to be Released in June
The Flood Park draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report), which was anticipated to be ready for review in April, will now be released in mid-to-late June 2017. The public will have 45 days to review the report and provide comment.
An announcement about the availability of the draft EIR for review and the process for providing comment will be posted on this website and at Flood Park, 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park. Individuals who requested notification will be informed by email and Park neighbors will receive notification by US mail. Information will also be posted on Nextdoor, the Department’s Facebook page and on Twitter @smcparks.
February 1, 2017
Read Flood Park EIR & Public Meeting Comments
The Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Review was available for review between November 17 and December 16. On December 6, the Parks Department held a community meeting for residents to participate in an EIR scoping meeting for the Flood County Park Landscape Plan in order to learn about the process and identify items that they want to be included in the review process. Read a summary of the December 6 meeting and direct comments collected that night. Also see a summary of all comments.
November 9, 2016
Environmental Impact Analysis & Public Review
The Parks Department has selected Rincon Consultants, Inc. to conduct the environmental assessment and provide a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This is in keeping with the direction given by the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission when it approved the Preferred Alternative Landscape Plan for Flood Park at the April 2016 meeting. Rincon Consultants, Inc. has provided environmental consulting services for park, trail and open space projects throughout California for the past 22 years. The firm maintains nine offices in the State.
Key elements of an environmental impact analysis includes review of the existing environmental setting and how a project may have impact on the current setting. The process encourages public involvement through meetings and comment opportunities. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report includes the project description and environmental impacts to be analyzed. See the NOP listed with the Reimagine Flood Park documents.
Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, Section 15082(b), the public review period of the NOP is from November 17, 2016 to December 16, 2016. Comments may be directed by December 16 to:
Sam Herzberg, AICP, Senior Planner
San Mateo County Parks Department
455 County Center, 4th Floor
Redwood City, 94063
Fax (650) 599-1721
To begin the process, San Mateo County Parks and Rincon Consultants invite the community to a scoping meeting on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. in the Cypress Room in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center located at 700 Alma Street in Menlo Park.
The meeting will serve as a forum to review and confirm study objectives. A project description providing a detailed description of the proposed landscape plan will be provided at the meeting.
Park staff are waiting for submissions from consulting firms experienced in conducting environmental impact analysis and preparing documentation. Once a firm is selected from those submitting proposals to do the work, the Department will announce an estimated timeline for the entire process, including opportunities for public review and comment. This information will be posted on this page and emailed to those who have requested to be on the Flood project notification. Park neighbors will be notified of the timeline through a mailed letter to their home addresses.
May 9, 2016
Project staff are just beginning the environmental review process and will soon select a consulting firm to lead the process and develop related documentation. At this point, we do not have a timeline for the review. Once we do, this information will be posted on this site. We will continue to engage the community during this process. Findings will be posted and available for review and comment on the website. In addition, we expect to have at a minimum one public meeting. Announcement of findings and the public meeting date and location will be posted here and notices will be mailed to our current lists via standard mail and email lists.
At its April 7 meeting and before a full room, the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission approved the Preferred Alternative Landscape Plan for Flood County Park in concept and directed staff to proceed with assessment of the potential impacts that the proposed plan may have on noise, traffic, and parking.
Prior to the vote, the Commission heard from approximately 17 community members who attended the meeting. Some stated concerns about the potential increase in noise and traffic related to new park features, while others expressed excitement about the plan. In the next few weeks, Department staff will study the preferred plan with a consulting firm and determine if any elements of the plan could have an impact on the park and surrounding environment. The data collected during the study will be used for preparation of the environmental review document that will be shared with the public. This information will guide the park in the next steps of park design.
The presentation of the preferred plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission has been rescheduled to the April 7 meeting which will be held in the San Mateo County Board of Supervisor chambers at 4pm. The additional time will provide the opportunity for staff and consultations to develop plan details and projected costs.
At the most recent community meetings for Reimagine Flood Park, held on December 9th & 16th, Park staff and representatives with consulting firm Gates + Associated revealed a new general plan for the park. The design reflected the overarching goals and facility and programs that participants had identified as priorities during the five community meetings that began early 2015 and an on-line survey. Meeting participants were excited about what they saw and the potential revitalization of the park through the proposed plan.
The new park layout features a promenade that directs visitors to various park features, including a sports area, two play areas, picnic sites, a large group area, a multi-use amphitheater and new activities, including a basketball court, a bike pump track and bocce courts. Project consultants will begin factoring costs associated with renovating the park.
Park staff expect to present the plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday, February 4 which will be held in the San Mateo County Board of Supervisor chambers at 4pm. If the Commission accepts the plan, it then moves to the Board of Supervisors review and approval.
At the September 1st community meeting, held at the Fair Oaks Community Center, community members saw their suggestions reflected in several conceptual designs. Their input at this meeting will help the landscape architects develop a final design for the park. Outcomes for this meeting are detailed below. Read More »
A community meeting meeting is held on Tuesday, June 23rd at the Fair Oaks Community Center. The design firm Gates and Associates along with San Mateo County Park staff guide participants through several idea-gathering and sharing exercises. On-line surveys will follow the meeting to continue the engagement process. At least one more community meeting will be held sometime in August.
May 20, 2015
The first community meeting is held on May 20th.