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File #: 20-387    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Miscellaneous Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/30/2020 Departments: PARKS COMMISSION
On agenda: 6/4/2020 Final action:
Title: 7.4 Make a recommendation to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to amend the San Mateo County Parks Department fee schedule by eliminating the vehicle entrance fee at Flood County Park.
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To: Parks and Recreation Commission
From: Nicholas J. Calderon, Parks Director
Subject: Elimination of the Vehicle Entrance Fee at Flood County Park


RECOMMENDATION:
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7.4 Make a recommendation to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to amend the San Mateo County Parks Department fee schedule by eliminating the vehicle entrance fee at Flood County Park.

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BACKGROUND:
The San Mateo County Parks Department ("Department") is evaluating the feasibility of eliminating vehicle entrance fees at County parks. Vehicle entrance fees can serve as a barrier to access. To assist in its evaluation, the Department hired CHM Government Services to prepare a vehicle entrance fee analysis. The analysis will inform the Department on how to assess the financial impact of eliminating vehicle entrance fees as well as how to recuperate lost revenue by adjusting other user fees. While this analysis is still underway, the Department finds it important to eliminate the vehicle entrance fee at Flood County Park ("Flood Park") so it may better serve the residents of southern San Mateo County.

Flood Park is a 21-acre municipal park that is located in the City of Menlo Park. Due to its location, it primarily serves residents from Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City. Flood Park is popular for its playgrounds, picnic sites, reservation sites, sports fields and courts, and open grassy area. However, since the SFPUC's Hetch Hetchy waterline replacement project, the baseball field has been unusable. Additionally, due to a desire to improve the entire park, minimal improvements have been made to park facilities in recent decades. Flood Park is the only municipal park in southern San Mateo County that charges for vehicle access.

In Fiscal Year ("FY") 2018-19, Flood Park served approximately 114,200 visitors, and generated $148,763 in revenue from charges for services. Of this total, $79,918 was from vehicle entrance fees.

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