May 31, 2022
  • Realize flood park logo

    Your ideas, contributed through surveys and community events in February and March, are reflected in the updated Flood Park Landscape Plan.

    View the feedback that went into the update and learn about our upcoming community meeting on June 11 below.

    What We’ve Heard From The Community

    Over the past four months, the San Mateo County Parks Department and the design team have hosted a series of workshops, community events, and working group meetings as well as opened an online public survey to gather input on the 2020 Flood Park Landscape Plan and inform its refinement. Almost 800 people responded to the online survey, and several hundred provided feedback during the first Realize Flood Park workshop (2/2/22) and subsequent community events at Casa Circulo Cultural in North Fair Oaks (3/12/22) and a Movie Night at the park (3/26/22). The design team compiled and analyzed the feedback received during community events and through the survey responses and synthesized the following key findings and themes.

    Flood Park is a place to be in nature, exercise, and gather with friends and family

    Most respondents are excited about increased opportunity for physical activity, connecting with nature and being with family and friends.

    The trees of Flood Park are part of our heritage and our future

    Most respondents indicated that preservation of heritage trees and trees in the heart of the oak woodland is a priority. The trees that make Flood Park so special are a treasure to preserve and a resource to cultivate.

    Flexible space for field sports is in high demand

    46% of respondents indicated that they or their family would use the multi-use sport fields, of those 86% live in households with children. This represents significant demand for multi-use fields, especially among families with children.

    Let’s play - Soccer and Baseball

    Among those who want to use the sports fields, 61% are interested in soccer and 41% are interested in baseball. In addition, there is a clear desire for space to play frisbee (27%), football (18%) and lacrosse (17%). This suggests that flexibility for diverse athletic opportunities is important to the community.

    I want to drop-in and play with my friends

    63% of those who would use the sports fields indicated that they are interested in using the multi-use sport fields for drop-in play or informal play, which requires open and flexible field space.

    The size and flexibility of fields is important

    Respondents indicated that various field sizes are desired suggesting that flexibility in field configuration and use is critical to meeting community needs.

    Court sports and the pump track invite diversity

    27% of survey respondents expressed an interest in using the tennis/pickleball courts. Approximately 20% of respondents are excited about using the basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, and the pump track. These facilities will ensure that the park meets the diverse and multi-generational interests of the community.

    Flood Park should include spaces for people of all abilities to play

    37% of survey respondents are excited about an all-abilities play space and 32% are excited about an adventure play area. Looking toward the future suggests the need for multi-generational play spaces that invite people of all-abilities and ages to play together.

    Let’s Picnic

    Over 80% of respondents indicated that they would use the picnic areas. Most respondents are interested in small to medium gatherings with 2 – 50 people. The revised landscape plan will preserve existing reservation and drop-in picnic site quantity and capacity.

    Gardens can bring us together

    28% of respondents expressed an interest in demonstration gardens. This suggests a strong link between stewardship and community that can become places of sharing and learning.

    Updates To 2020 Landscape Plan

    The 2020 Landscape Plan has been revised based on the feedback that was received, and the key themes outlined. A summary of the changes are:

    Park Program and Features

    Outreach and survey responses indicated strong support for each of the park programs and features established as part of the Reimagine Flood Park process from 2015 – 2020. With exception of the formal promenade, the updated plan retains the recreational, play spaces, picnic and other features included in the 2020 Landscape Plan.

    Location of Recreational Facilities

    Most of the recreational facilities and the second multi-use field have been relocated to preserve native trees and trees and to create better flow by grouping complimentary amenities. The multi-use fields have been reconfigured and consolidated in the north part of the park. This will preserve the “heart of the oak woodland” and create a more cohesive and flexible field configuration. The baseball outfield has been adjusted to 315 feet, so that the smaller multi-use field can be used concurrent with the baseball field. The tennis/pickleball courts have been relocated based on the new multi-use field layout and the basketball court has been relocated to avoid conflicts with the SFPUC Hetch Hetchy right-of-way. The sand volleyball court has been relocated to the area where the existing ‘informal’ volleyball court is located. The 100-foot buffer from recreational facilities along the east edge of the park is maintained.

    Tree Preservation

    The revised landscape plan honors the community’s interest in preserving native trees and the oak woodland by reconfiguring the layout of facilities and pathways to reduce the removal of existing trees. No heritage trees (greater than 48-inches in diameter) will need to be removed. Five significant oak trees (greater than 12-inches in diameter) and (16) significant non-native trees (greater than 12-inches in diameter) will need to be removed as part of the revised plan. Approximately 85% of all trees to be removed (54 of the 64 trees to be removed), are non-native trees that have limited ecological value.

    Central Gathering and Play Spaces

    The layout of the central gathering and play spaces has been updated based on the idea of a more open and flowing experience that responds to existing trees and buildings. The all-abilities play space has been expanded and combined with the adventure play area to create a unique and inclusive experience. A focal element and several community gathering spaces have been incorporated to create a dynamic new ‘heart of the park’. The adobe administration building will be seismically retrofitted and repurposed as a community event space that could include interpretive features.

    Picnic Areas

    The updated plan also includes the preservation and restoration of the large Oak Picnic Area and structures. The other existing reservable and drop-in picnic areas will be relocated throughout the park and will be redesigned to allow for better access and improved facilities. The revised landscape plan will preserve existing reservation and drop-in picnic site quantity and capacity.

    Community Meeting June 11

    Join us in the park on June 11, 3 - 5 p.m. to ask questions and see more detailed plans, and share your ideas for new features, including gathering areas, the adobe event space, demonstration gardens, and more. All information will be available in English and Spanish.