Reopening plans

Last year, we closed city facilities to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential city services like public safety, emergency maintenance and child care continued in-person. Most other city services changed format to virtual, online and curbside pickup.

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As vaccinations rise, Menlo Park prepares to expand access to city services and city facilities. Check out our 4-phase city reopening plan for the next 4-6 months (partial list):

Phase 1

  • July 1 – Picnic area reservations
  • July 6 – Main Library and Belle Haven Branch library
  • July 6 – Police lobby
  • July 12 – Senior meals and services at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and Main Library

Phase 2

  • Aug. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for children, youth, people with special needs
  • Aug. 2021 – Small-scale special event permits
  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for the public
  • Sept. 2021 – Arrillaga Family Gymnasium indoor access

Phase 3

  • Fall 2021/Winter 2022 – Indoor public meetings (City Council and advisory bodies)
  • Winter 2022 – City Hall indoor public access

Phase 4

  • Winter/Spring 2022 – Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center indoor access
  • Winter/Spring 2022 –  Large-scale special events
  • Winter/Spring 2022 – Indoor city facility rentals
  • Winter/Spring 2022 – All other indoor access

All dates are tentative and subject to change. More details about specific operating hours and safety precautions to be announced.

Specific facilities, activities and services

Facility Status* Reopening
Arrillaga Family Gymnasium
Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center
Closed Winter/Spring 2022
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Athletic fields
Basketball courts - outdoors
Bedwell Bayfront Park
Belle Haven Branch Library Open
Belle Haven Child Development Center
Belle Haven Pool
Closed for construction
Belle Haven Youth Center (after school child care)
Burgess Pool
City Hall
Closed; limited services by appointment only
Winter 2022
Dog parks Open
Menlo Children's Center
Main Library

Picnic areas Open
Police lobby Open
Restrooms at parks and outdoor facilities Open
Skate Park
Tennis courts

* Current COVID-19 modifications and restrictions apply.


Activities and services Status*
Advisory commissions and committee meetings Online; in-person tentatively resumes Fall 2021
Building permits
Online and by appointment
Child care centers Open
City Council meetings Online; in-person tentatively resumes Fall 2021
Construction activity
Active - inspections ongoing
Daytime parking enforcement
Emergency Operations Center
Active, virtual
Encroachment permits Online only
Facility rentals - indoors Suspended; reservations resume Winter/Spring 2022
Garbage/recycling/green waste services
Libraries Open
Menlo Park Municipal Water services
Normal; pay bills online or by mail
Overnight parking enforcement
Police emergency response
Police non-emergency response
Recreation classes
Open and online
Senior services Active - indoor access at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Street sweeping
Transportation shuttles
Operating with modifications
Tree permits Online and inspections by appointment.

* Current COVID-19 modifications and restrictions apply.