Welcome to Flood Park

Home to countless family traditions for generations of picnics and celebrations.  Beautiful woodland, lots of nature, bird watching, hiking paths,  and nature related activities.  Playgrounds and sport fields for all.  The only public woodland nature area in the south-east half of  San Mateo county.   

Even with this unique nature retreat designation, the very heart of the woodland is set for destruction.  Our goal with this website is to inform our community and take action to preserve the park’s long heritage and natural setting.  

The heart of the park’s heritage woodland will be cut down to make way for a second artificial turf soccer field with  20′ to 30′ netting around it.

Tragic Tree Loss

Comparison: Current vs Proposed

To view ‘current park’ vs ‘proposed Reimagine plan’, drag the vertical line in the photo below, left and right to reveal the impact of destroying so many trees.

Negative impact on Picnic 
& popular sports

Current County plans (Reimagine Project) will cut down 72 trees, most from the heart of the woodland.  The interactive photo above is one of the targeted locations in the heart of the woodland (from Pine Picnic area) where many healthy and mature trees will be removed, some dating back to the early 1800s.   See more on the Project Comparisons page.

On Focus

After 6 years of various planning, presentations, and reports, San Mateo County Parks Department’s Reimagine Flood Park project was approved in November 2020.

This website focuses on the County’s Reimagine project plans with the goal of helping County, through community engagement to refine plan features and to ensure the project reflects the interests of the community. We, citizens of San Mateo county, can use this website and other resources to understand the Plan and provide input and feedback to County Parks and County management as to priorities and modifications to the Reimagine Project. This website resource will help insure that the community’s objectives for the park are met and that harm to the park’s natural environment and heritage woodland is avoided.

Case in point: The destruction of the heart of the park’s heritage woodland.  A large population in County feel that the woodland should be preserved.  County’s own research identified the preservation of the park’s trees was of the highest priority — yet the plan, as drafted and approved, is to destroy a large percentage of trees from the very heart of the heritage woodland.

Many county residents have other major concerns regarding the projects plan of severely reducing popular amenities (picnic capacity, volleyball, softball).  Yet there is wide support for the project to move forward with restoring the sport fields, adding a soccer-lacrosse field, and building accessible playgrounds.  We can do both!  Preserve the woodland AND build out the eastern sports fields.  County Parks will be having public meetings to gain input for plan modification in the near future (see Press Release).

Second Oldest County Park

Advocacy for Flood Park

Flood Park is the oldest San Mateo county park east of Skyline Blvd.  Its woodland area contains scores of old oaks, bay, and redwood trees, some dating back to the 1800s.  

The park is home to family traditions, where family gatherings to celebrate family, birthdays, graduations, marriages, births, and other treasured events are traditions that have gone on for generations.

Concerned citizens are joining together to advocate for this historic park and to preserve the nature and environment the park woodland provides for all that visit, that walk the woodland, that use the beautiful shaded picnic areas.  

Working to Preserve the Woodland

 

Flood Park’s sports fields have been unmaintained and now unusable for well over a decade and are projected to be that for a few more years.   We are working to restore these sport fields back to the beautiful sports fields they once were and introduce a multipurpose soccer/lacrosse field.   

Just as important is to preserve the woodland and shaded picnic areas, home of countless organizations and family traditions.  Some have used these locations year after year, for generations.

We support the basis for the Reimagine Flood Park project, yet we want to correct the misassumptions made in the project plans.  We are striving to protect the heritage woodland where a great number of the beautiful trees in the heart of the this area are planned to be destroyed

News & Events

New Flood Park Website

For Labor Day weekend 2021, we launched the FloodPark.org website. The website site is for the county citizens and others that have an interest in

Picnic areas in woodland - view of playground

Playgrounds and sport fields on the edge of the woodland and picnic and BBQs throughout the beautiful shaded woodland.

This website advocates for maintaining Flood Park, restoring the sports fields, and preserving the woodland environment.  On this website, you can explore the Reimagine Flood Park project, increase your understanding of the project, enter the discussion by asking questions, giving feedback on the park, and helping County Parks and our community achieve the restoration of a unique and beautiful park, full of nature, traditions, and fun for all.

Beautiful woodland environment

Good Wholesome Fun for Our County Community

Flood Park (Current)
Enjoying Nature Near You

Woodland - Nature & Wildlife

The woodland at the park is the only preserved nature in this area of county.  It is a beautiful retreat for nature lovers, families, school age children, and the general public.  Many of the trees date back to when California was a Spanish territory, and later when it was part of Rancho de las Pulgas.

County, in prior planning documents states “The generally open natural appearance of the park, particularly its native trees, is one of its great resources to the surrounding zones of development*.”

Heritage Woodland

An area full of beautiful old oaks, bay, redwood, and other trees, providing shade and nature to picnic areas and walking paths.

Playground

Playground for young kids and a new playground proposed for young toddlers, all to have accessibility features.

Picnic Area

Beautiful picnic settings for groups (small and large). Many of the tables are shaded by the mature trees in the park.

Parking

369± parking spots with entrance at 215 Bay Rd.

Baseball

Currently both the small and large baseball fields are not maintained but when they are, a wonderful area for games.

Sport Fields

Currently there are tennis, volleyball, softball, horseshoes at the park. A large multi-purpose field is planned for the baseball field area, but at a loss of ...

Transportation

Currently, no public transit services the park or nearby areas. Please car pool when you can.

Your voice matters! Please signup as an advocate.

Advocate to Save Flood Park Woodland Trees

On Flight

learn More - How to Help

Grandfather Oak – Cut Down Sept 2021

The largest oak tree and oldest, was abruptly cut down at the end of September 2021. The public was not notified and did not have time to get an arborist to assess the tree. It had a health rating of A+ just a couple of years ago.

Before-After Comparisons

Project Plan – Comparisons

It is unclear when looking at the county parks planning documents (EIRs, Errata, Presentations, etc.) what the impact of the new project will be on