Picnic Sites

Flood Park has a long tradition of families, churches, and organizations using the picnic areas. Family traditions span generations. Most of the current picnic areas have been in place for over 70 years and enjoy the majestic large trees that provide shade and cooling.

Proposed under the Reimagine Plan, many picnic areas are moved and some are removed, including most in the heart of the woodland. The following recently updated table shows current picnic areas/sites and the change impact of the Reimagine Plan.

Picnic AreaTablesBBQCapacityResComments and Changes per EIR 2020
Fir Picnic Area5250Rmoved
Oak Group Picnic Area248200Rreduced to 164 people
Bay Group Picnic8475Rmoved to near Iris Lane entrance
Redwood Picnic Area8450RSimilar location
Maple Group Picnic124100Rmoved to be closer to tennis
Madrone Picnic124100RSimilar location
Manzanita4140R
Pine Picnic 206150Rmoved, reduced
13 small drop in sites2 ea1ea12/each
156 total
Reduced to 4 sites of 1 table each
7 Medium drop in sites 3 ea1ea18/ea
126 total
Removed
Totals1,047Proposed plan – total capacity cut by 27% (Reduced capacity by over 383 people) (See EIR Response, Final EIR Errata) Current 1,047 vs 664 Project Plan*
Current Picnic areas at Flood Park (2021)

Usage Statistics

There does not appear to be usage statistics in County’s most recent project documents*. In past planning for Flood Park, usage statistics were documented and are shown here. The importance of the picnic areas and the use of the woodland for walking and nature site seeing are easily the main use with over 63% of visitors. Add in usage of the Playgrounds and the usage percentage is 76% of the park. Sports is almost a quarter of the usage — and that was when the baseball field was in full operation and other sport fields were also maintained.

County did not provide park usage counts in the latest project planning. County provided usage counts in a prior plan.


Proposed Plan (Reimagine)

This section of the website is being worked on and will summarize the changes to picnic areas at the park, including capacity changes to the picnic areas . Just briefly, the project is spending millions of dollars to drastically reduce the most popular feature at the park: Picnicking. As shown in the table above, the proposed plan cuts the picnic capacity by approximately 27%, eliminating 243 picnickers. Currently the park picnic areas have a capacity of over 900 people and this is the most popular feature of the park. Loosing picnic capacity is a major blow to the local communities that have traditions of picnicking in the park. Often, especially weekends between June and October, park picnic areas are near current capacity levels.

Reference – FAQ

The following FAQ section pertains to concerns, issues, and other comments related to picnic facilities at Flood Park.

Picnic

Looking through the EIR planning documents, it is clear that picnic capacity of the park will NOT be the same as it is now. The most used feature of the park are the Picnic areas. So this is an important element in understanding the impact of moving current picnic sites and the removal of most of the drop-in picnic tables that are currently scattered along the permitter path.

Drop-in sites currently offer 322 person capacity based on County data and community counts. The EIR up through 2019 had virtually eliminated this capacity and the final revised plan Errata now shows 24 capacity. 322 versus 24 is a huge cut to a park feature that is the most utilized.

Over all, based on the latest County plan, the current total capacity is 907 people, this is being reduced by 27%, a loss of 243 picnickers.

One question is that the EIR plans up to 2020 showed a reduction of picnic capacity to 344 total. A errata update in 2020 penciled in 356 spaces on the Capacity Table #6, yet the design map did not appear to change to reflect the larger picnic areas. This issue still needs clarification – waiting for an explanation from County.

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It seems that prioritizing park use during the 3 phases is something that should be top priority. It appears that picnicking in the park will be eliminated from the start and not really be available until Phase 3, 4 to 6 years. It is important that park remain open to the community as much as possible during the project. This makes sense since major work in the currently closed baseball field could be done while the rest of the park is open.

Adjusting the work done in each of the 3 phases can accomplish as much use of the park by the community as possible. The way the phasing is planned now, it appears that park use would be basically closed.

Waiting for County Response.

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Ways to Take Action and Help

If you use the picnic areas, please use the comments below. Tell us how often. For some visitors, picnics at the park are a long tradition. If that is the case for you, please let us know in your comment below. Do you have ideas for improving the picnic areas? Do you have questions? Please put that in your comment too.

Other ways to help:

  • Let others know of this website so they can come up to speed on what is happening
  • Stay in touch – be notified when public meetings on the Reimagine plan are occurring
  • Provide your feedback, ideas, questions, and concerns using the comment form below
  • We plan on doing online surveys here — please participate in those as they appear

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