Central Park Master Plan – PA#15-019


 March 8, 2018


50 East 5th Ave




City of San Mateo
Parks and Recreation Department


Joanne Magrini, Parks & Recreation Director
(650) 522-7400, Email

Julia Klein, Senior Planner
(650) 522-7216, Email

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The Parks and Recreation Department is updating the Master Plan for Central Park. The current adopted park master plan dates from 1982 and is no longer adequate to address the community’s current and future needs. 

Following an extensive community outreach and engagement effort, including several community workshops and meetings, the Parks and Recreation Commission held a public hearing on February 7, 2018 to review the Central Park Master Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the project,  The Commission recommend approval of the project to City Council (with a 4-0 vote). Approved Minutes

On Monday, March 19, 2018, the City Council held a public hearing on the Central Park Master Plan and the associated environmental document.  Both projects (the Central Park Master Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration,MND) were approved by Council (5-0).

•             Notice Postcard
•             City Council Agenda (Note: Materials for the Council meeting are posted online by the City Clerk’s office the Friday before the meeting.)


The Master Plan will guide future improvements and redevelopment within Central Park that will seek to balance:
         Its historic character;
         Its use as a community gathering place;
         Its strategic location adjacent to Downtown San Mateo; and
         Its unique blend of both tranquil and active recreational spaces. 
The Master Plan update will explore the possible reuse or reconfiguration of existing on-site amenities within Central Park. However, several of the Park’s signature amenities, including the Japanese Tea Garden, the Great Lawn, the historic Kohl Pumphouse area and the Rose Garden; are intended to remain.

The public parking garage located beneath the tennis courts serves the overall downtown parking needs and the City expects, at a minimum, to replace the existing number of parking stalls in a configuration that best fits with the overall Master Plan objectives.
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