The City of Menlo Park’s Housing Element Steering Committee has proposed to convert the two acres of wooded open space on the west end of Sharon Park to 60 high‐density housing units. The open space, which is home to hawks and heritage trees, offers the public a vista to the Western hills, unobstructed by urban development.
Why is this being proposed? To avoid further litigation on its non‐compliance with State laws on affordable housing, the City has agreed to develop a plan by October 31, 2012, for adding 900‐1,000 new units of affordable housing. One of the 14 potential sites identified by the City’s Housing Element Steering Committee is a public park: Sharon Park.
What is the problem? We support the development of affordable housing in Menlo Park. But we do not believe that affordable housing has to be at the expense of our public parks and open spaces. In its hurry, the City should not take the short cut of giving up a public resource of current and future generations. Menlo Park can and should do better.
Children play and explore here. Many come to relax and enjoy the view. Residents walk their dogs. Local schools enjoy using the park for performances and get-togethers. Joggers come to enjoy the trail. Countless birds, lizards, insects, and other wildlife call the park home. This is our park. This is your park. Please join us in signing our petition to keep this space open and green. If not for you and me, but for our children and grandchildren. So they can come and play. So they can walk their dogs or explore the trail. Once it's gone, it's gone forever.