Welcome to the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park website
Congratulations, park lovers. It’s now 11 years since Menlo Park voters chose to maintain the park as passive open space. The voters elected to retain the park’s original designation as a passive open space park, defeating proposals to convert it into a commercial golf venture or to develop sports fields there at a cost of $17 million.
Master Plan for Park
The city is moving towards finalizing the Bedwell Bayfront Park Master Plan. It will be the topic of Parks and Recreation commission meetings in September and October, and presented to city council in November. Click the Calendar link to the left of this page for more info.
“In the News” link, at left, has recent news articles about the Master Plan.
For more info, see http://www.menlopark.org/1170/Bedwell-Bayfront-Park-Master-Plan-Projec, and https://www.facebook.com/BedwellBayfrontPlan/.
The Bedwell Bayfront Park Master Plan will provide a long-term vision and general development guide for the park and park facilities. The Plan will address how to protect park resources, improve amenities, enhance user experience, plan for future developments and fund maintenance and capital costs.
We encourage all park users to share your vision for the park, how best it serves those who use it and how we want it preserved for the future. Attend one of the meetings or send comments and messages to Derek Schweigart(firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Community Services Director and to email@example.com. We are included on the committee working with the city on this project.
Drones and radio-controlled aircraft are no longer permitted at the park, per ordinance 8.28.130, Prohibited activity in parks or facilities. The rule reads: “The following activities are prohibited in any park or recreational facility…Motor-driven vehicles or models, including drones and unmanned aircraft systems, except in designated areas, and except for the use of drones by public safety personnel for emergency operations.”
There is a large sign in the main parking lot, with a map of the park and its trails.
Walk out to the northeast corner (where the little binoculars symbol is on the park brochure) and you’ll find signs about the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge restoration, and a panorama of what you can see from that viewpoint (as of 2013 the signs are being replaced).
Do not leave any valuables in view in your car. There have been several recent break-ins at the park, sadly. If possible, put any valuables into your trunk or out of sight before you arrive at the park, so that a thief doesn't see you putting things away.
Leash your dog, please. Park rules require this.
Who to call to report a problem, or to pass on a compliment
- Maintenance (restrooms, trash, something broken): Menlo Park Dept. of Public Works - 650-330-6780
- Illegal or dangerous activities, car break-in: Menlo Park Police Dept. – 911 in an emergency; or if non-emergency call 650-330-6300 (e.g. if gate is locked and your car is still inside)
- Park use & reservations: Menlo Park Community Services - 650-330-2200
- Comments or problems seen in the surrounding salt ponds: Don Edwards S. F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge - 510-792-0222
- Injured animal or bird? Dog running loose with no owner? Lost dog? Call Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) - 650-340-8200 (8 am – 6 pm weekdays, 8 am – 5 pm weekends/holidays. Outside of those hours, call San Mateo County at 650-363-4953).
Always call 911 if there is an emergency or immediate risk of injury.
Formed in 2005 to counter the proposal to develop a golf course at Bayfront Park, Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park also fought the next plan to put playing fields at the park, culminating in the resounding defeat of Measure J in the November, 2006 election. Our goal now is to ensure that Bedwell Bayfront Park receives more permanent protection as open space for "passive" recreation.
We want to hear from users: tell us what you like, or don't like? Have you observed anything that concerns you? We can't fix all problems, but do try to work with city staff and departments to keep the park clean and safe. We would also like to make a few improvements to the park.
Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park is fiscally sponsored by the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation http://www.venturesfoundation.org/.
See the Support Us tab for information on donating to Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park.
The mission of the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park is to enhance the unique open space of Bedwell Bayfront Park and to promote it regionally now and for future generations.
The Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park operates out of Menlo Park, California. View our contact information or follow us on Facebook (Bedwell Bayfront Park).
About Bedwell Bayfront Park
Location and Hours of Operation
Park opens daily at 7:00 a.m.
Park closes at:
6:00 pm January & February
7:00 pm March
8:00 pm April
8:30 pm May
9:00 pm June & July
8:30 pm August
8:00 pm September
7:00 pm October
6:00 pm November
5:30 pm December
Paved parking lot
Trails: mostly unpaved. Perimeter is flat, but there are steep trails in the interior.
Link here to park brochure with map
The park is located on the edge of the San Francisco Bay at Highway 101 and Marsh Road. Here is a street map.
We want your input.
Please email us your feedback or comments on the park maintenance service, or on other issues, and give us your suggestions for enhancing the park for users.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.