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 4

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

Phase 3

  • Winter/Spring 2022 – Indoor public meetings (City Council and advisory bodies)
  • Jan. 3, 2022 – City Hall indoor public access (by appointment)

Phase 2 – Done

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

Phase 1 – Done

  • July 12, 2021 – Senior meals and services at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and Main Library 
  • July 6, 2021 – Main Library and Belle Haven Branch library
  • July 6, 2021 – Police lobby
  • July 1, 2021 – Picnic area reservations

    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 TBD
    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
    Open to limited services by appointment only
    Jan. 3, 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 Winter/Spring 2022
    Building permits
    Online and by appointment
    Child care centers Open
    City Council meetings Online; in-person tentatively resumes Winter/Spring 2022
    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.