History of Flood Park

Location of Flood Park

Flood Park
215 Bay Road
Menlo Park, CA

Park Headquarters Telephone: 650-363-4022
Reservations Telephone: 650-363-4021
General Information Telephone: 650-363-4020

Details of Flood Park

  • 21 Acre tree filled urban escape inside the city limits of Menlo Park.
  • Picnic ares, large group rental space (the Oak Picnic Shelter).
  • Paths, play-structure, water and sand play area.
  • Tennis courts, volleyball courts, baseball field.
  • Horseshoe pit, pétanque court, barbecue pits provided.
  • Heritage oaks and California laurel trees shade sections of the park.
  • Squirrels, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, scrub jays and red-tailed hawks are commonly seen at the park.
  • Accessible facilities and play areas at Flood were designed to accommodate wheelchairs, which can easily reach benches, swings, sandboxes and restrooms.

History of Flood Park

Flood Park was once an unused portion of silver king, James C. Flood’s estate. Flood’s descendants were persuaded to sell the land to San Mateo County for $400 an acre in the 1930’s. Over the course of a year, Work Progress Administration (WPA) workers transformed the windswept grain field into what was later dedicated as Flood Park. Most of Flood Park’s adobe buildings were built in the 1930’s by the WPA workers using dirt, clay, straw, sand and an asphalt based waterproofing agent.

In addition to the buildings erected in the park, a swimming pool was created for local residents and drew over 60,0000 admissions each summer in its heyday. Flood Park’s 61 by 100 foot, 180,000 gallon pool hosted regular swim meets in the 1950s and 1960’s. Both swimming and canoeing classes were taught in the the pool! The antiquated pool was removed from the park in the 1970’s.

In the 1980’s, Flood Park was modernized at a cost of $300,000. Local resident, Phyllis Cangemi (a victim of Hodgkin’s disease and confined to a wheelchair herself) spearheaded an effort to make Flood Park friendly to disabled people. Restrooms and water fountains were designed for wheelchair accessibility and swing sets and benches were carefully designed to accommodate the disabled.

More Information

See “San Mateo County Parks,” by Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett, pages 16-21 for more information on Flood Park’s History.

Our board is made up of Flood Park neighbors and friends committed to supporting the park’s future. We need many hands to make this organization a success! To volunteer, please contact us at info@friendsofflood.org