Neighborhood and Community Investments

Parks and community centers receive upgrades

One of the City’s Strategic Initiatives is to create a community for all ages and the City’s parks, community centers and sports fields help us accomplish just that! There are a number of capital improvements underway or planned in the coming months. Here are a few updates to keep you informed. Hope to see you outside and at a number of these facilities soon!

Magical Bridge Playground

The Magical Bridge Playground is a world-renowned playground concept that will soon debut in Redwood City’s Red Morton Park. Designed to be inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Redwood City groundbreaking in early November was a fun celebration and kicked off the start of construction. In preparation for the Magical Bridge Playground construction, PG&E will be doing work in close proximity of the playground area. As a result, the existing playground may be unavailable weekdays from February 20-March 2 between 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. We encourage the community to visit the additional playground located between the Red Morton Community Center and the tennis courts.

The parking lot expansion adjacent to the Armory (and near the future Magical Bridge) is also in progress. The City has an agreement with the State to lease the Armory and instead of paying rent, the State requested improvements on their land and to the existing building. As a benefit, the expanded parking lot will remain open for public use.

The new park is scheduled to open to the public in late winter 2018 or early 2019. Go here for more information and upcoming announcements!

Linden Park

Linden Park reopened at the end of June and is being enjoyed by the community! This park created a unique circumstance for our designers because it is located on a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) easement. The final park design inspires creative play and encourages kids to balance, jump, hop, race each other, and use their imaginations. Linden Park also won a State of California Park and Recreation Society Award of Excellence for Park Design. Check out the new Linden Park soon!

Downtown Park Site Assessment

The City approved a contract with SERA Architects to conduct a Downtown Parks Site Assessment and Feasibility Study. The Study will review a number of City owned parcels in the Downtown area for a new downtown park. City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services staff recently presented to the Planning Commission and the Complete Streets Advisory Committee as a joint study session. Staff will be presenting the draft plan to the City Council on March 12 for their feedback and direction. Once City staff have a better understanding of opportunities and constraints, the City will then engage the public on the most feasible parcels for potential conversion to a community park. Look out for more details and ways to provide input in the coming months!

Marlin Park & Sandpiper Park Turf Fields Capital Improvements

Recently the City replaced the turf fields at Marlin Park and Sandpiper Park due to significant wear. These fields are now open! The infill for the new synthetic turf fields is not crumb rubber. The City understands there is concern about this type of material and decided not to use crumb rubber infill in any turf renovation projects.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center-YMCA Project

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center-YMCA Project proposed project is a long-planned project intended to enhance the community’s fitness, wellness, and recreational resources.

Redwood City, in partnership with YMCA of Silicon Valley, is proposing a reimagination of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and Sequoia YMCA (the Y) to meet the changing healthy living, recreational and social needs of seniors, veterans, youth, and families.

The City and the Y share a common vision to enhance the community’s quality of life by expanding health and wellness opportunities, and believe this project will leverage each entity’s strengths and experience. The new senior center will replace the aging Veterans Memorial Senior Center with new community resources and gathering places, and the new, separate Y will include a health and wellness center, aquatics center, child care, flexible multi-use rooms and expanded programming and services for all ages.

Redwood City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has completed studies that show the buildings are at maximum capacity and in need of major repairs and accessibility upgrades. The project includes a campus of buildings and spaces, including the Veterans Memorial Building, Herkner Pool, Wellness Center (Old 49er Building), Resource Building (City Administration and Senior Center Gift Shop), and the NFL Alumni Building. The new senior center and separate Y facility will enable Redwood City to evolve and meet the growing needs of current and future residents.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center-YMCA Project is currently in the master planning phase. The City and the Y are working with ELS Architecture and Urban Design to lead this process and host a series of community design meetings. The meetings took place in January and February. The project team is anticipating project design review at various City commission and committee meetings as well. These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Staff will go back to City Council on March 12 to present an update, a public input summary to date, and conceptual design direction. This meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall and is open to the public.

The City will soon be releasing a survey for community members to easily provide their input online. Check back here for a link to the survey. We will also post the survey link through social media — make sure you’re following us!

You can also join the conversation and provide direct feedback on the project by emailing your comments to You can also get updates emailed to you by selecting “Veterans Memorial Senior Center-YMCA Project” on this sign-up form.

Pirate Ship Public Art and Playground

The City has received numerous requests over the years by library patrons (parents and kids especially) to have an outdoor playground adjacent to the Redwood Shores Library. The City has also received public art funds from both capital projects as well as a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts grant to support a new public art installation. City Council approved the purchase of an interactive public art sculpture called the Pirate Ship, by internationally renowned artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The Pirate Ship will be an interactive play structure, enclosed in ornamental fencing, and connected to the children’s area side of the Library.

Supported by the Library Board and the Parks Recreation and Community Services Commission, the City will be launching public workshops in April to further the plan for this project. Join us on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Redwood Shores Library.

For more information on these and other Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services projects go here.

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