University Park - West Menlo Park

Neighborhood Party! -- Friday Frolics

Friday Frolics - June 3rd

At last, Friday Frolics are starting up again for all of the neighborhood, the 1st of the summer. Please spread the word. Bring items to share: Food, Drinks, Conversation.

Friday June 3rd
5pm to 7pm
Corner of Stanford Ave & Palo Alto Way

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Neighborhood Disaster Awareness

Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness

As we are all well aware, disasters strike at any time and come in different forms.

By our neighborhood preparing in advance, to insure that our families are prepared and ready, we can more effectively use the very limited emergency resources when a disaster strikes. Our neighborhood will, for the most part, be on its own to provide help and provide safety in the disaster. Do your part and prepare and help our neighborhood too.

Neighbors Helping Neigbors and related info

Neighbors Helping Neigbors

We have an interesting webpage to share many ideas to help us all through this pandemic. There is fun information, household art activities, and to help our local businesses we have a Featured Business that we can all help weather this critical time. We have also information on how to get help from local neighbors that are volunteering. More information is added frequently so .

Covid-19 -- Neighbors helping Neighbors

Covid-19 - Neighbor Volunteer & Help Registry

In our West Menlo Park neighborhood, University Park, there are many neighbors volunteering to help others that may need assistance in grocery shopping, medicines, pet care, or similar to those that may need that help. It is important to stay safe and limit exposure. To many, this creates a hardship that other neighbors can help overcome. Please register if you may need help or assistance. Register if you can provide assistances to those neighbors in need.

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

We all know that our traffic corridors are growing worse and safety has not been addressed for over a dozen years. We concentrate on that section of Santa Cruz and Alameda de las Pulgas between Sand Hill and Avy Ave, yet we need to also pay attention to the traffic issues and planning (or lack of planning) on Alpine Road, Sand Hill Rd, Junipero, and 280.







Safety Proposal for Alameda de las Pulgas

Learn about the safety propsals for Alameda de las Pulgas.  Important changes proposed to calm traffic, create safety buffers for cyclists and pedestrians, install needed center turn/merge lane, finally get room for good sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, parking ,  improved fire/emergency access, and much more.   Use this Alameda Safety Proposal link to learn more.

Southern Santa Cruz Ave Segment - Safety

Information and discussion pertaining to the southern segment of Santa Cruz Ave, between the "Y" and Sand Hill Rd.   Important changes proposed to calm traffic, create safety buffers for cyclists and pedestrians, improved safety for parking, improved residental safety, retention of parking  and much more.   Use this Safety Information & Discussion link to learn more.

Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety

Santa Cruz/Alameda For Everyone

Santa Cruz/Alameda Corridor Safety Initiative - Area in yellow

Northern Santa Cruz Ave Segment - Safety

Learn about the safety issues and possible solutions pertaining to the northern corridor segment of Santa Cruz Ave, between the "Y" and Avy Ave.  County has decided to exclude this major section from any safety planning or improvements, so it is up to the community to get involved and use its voice to change that mindset.  Use this Safety Information & Discussion link to learn more.

"Y" Intersection - Safety

The "Y" intersection of Santa Cruz & Alameda de las Pulgas is one of the most dangerious intersections in all of the County.  The design of this intersection created dangerious safety issues for all.  Its skewed angles, high speed design, restricted visibility issues, and lack of pedestrian and cyclist safety is a design that has created severe safety issues.  Learn more and voice your ideas, concerns, and conments.

Quick - Low Cost - Safety Actions

Help achieve the safety goalSafer, Calmer Traffic:   (New)  There are some low cost, simple, immediate actions that could significantly improve safety and provide a much calmer traffic flow.  Should we install those improvements now?  Long term solutions are also in progress, but are probably years out.

You can participate in this discussion and add your own ideas and concerns.  Join the discussion.   Information and Discussion Here.

Specific Short term - low hanging fruit:

There are several safety improvements that can happen now.  Some would argue that these should have happened many years - decades - ago.

  • Defined SB Santa Cruz lane - Shoulder striping 
  • Reduced Speed on Alameda in Business Section (speed currently is increased there)
  • SB Bike lane for Santa Cruz between Avy Ave and the Alameda "Y" intersection
  • Repair unmaintained sidewalk at "Y" intersection
  • Repair unmaintained sidewalk on NE side of Alameda between Sharon Rd & "Y" intersection
  • Reduce lane width on Santa Cruz from Sand Hill to Avy Ave (to address speeding)
  • Fix traffic timing and visibility issues at "Y" and Sharon Rd intersections
  • Add shoulder striping and remove the 'temporary' bollards at the "Y"
  • Add Advance Stop (aka Sharktooth) line at southern crosswalk at Y to provide visibility/safety
  • Add signage on NB Santa Cruz near Sand Hill to advise of Alameda/Santa Cruz lanes
  • Add pedestrian crossing bollard on Southern crosswalk at Y (Pedestrian Awareness - safety)
  • Lengthen Advance Stop distance on SB Santa Cruz at Palo Alto Way to address visibility danger


 West Menlo Community Safety Initative

Participate in neighborhoodOur  community Safety Initiative has its own Safety Page on this website.  You can also download the Santa Cruz/Alameda Safety Study report pdf.   Please check out the information on the many safety issues of this cooridor and add your ideas, suggestions, and comments. Use the Participate icon (or click here) to indicate your interests and participation level.

Use the SAFE link to stay informed and up-to-date on safety in our neighborhood.  After  important Community/County safety meetings, there is unified agreement that speed, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic were issues need immediate improvements.   Traffic calming on that short Alameda section between the Y at Santa Cruz and Avy Ave is also a key safety topic.  All these issues are fully documentented in the SAFE Santa Cruz/Almeda Safety Issues report.  


Restoring Oak Knoll Play Ground Access

A new School Gate page has been added to the website as a result of a request to voice opinions on the topic of  Access to Oak Knoll school grounds.  The new section contains information, comments, discussion and reference material.  



Items of Interest

Friday Frolics - June 3rd

Hey neighbors and friends,

The 1st Frolics of the summer is right around the corner!   In this case, the corner of Stanford and Palo Alto Way.

Please spread the word!

Friday, June 3rd
5pm start
Corner of Stanford Ave & Palo Alto Way

Bring food & drink to share.
BBQ will be available for use.

Plenty of room to socialize and catch up with neighbors and meet new neighbors.

Lawn games for all ages will be available.

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