Library vs. gym parking at Civic CenterAs long as you're not trying to park during a tournament, there's plenty of parking available for both public library and gym patrons at Menlo Park's Civic Center, according to a Feb. 2 memo from the Library Commission.
But when there's a game happening — and particularly during 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the weekdays after school gets out — parking can be an exercise in frustration for about 31 percent of visitors, the memo said.
Commissioners conducting spot checks of the lot saw "substantial illegal parking" and "children in unsafe situations, running across parking lots from wherever parents could find a place to drop them" during peak hours. They also saw drivers give up and leave the lot without finding a space.
The memo listed several suggestions, including better coordination of program schedules between both facilities, improved signs and directions for sports league participants, and more traffic mitigation by the transportation department.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for the police, as the commission also called for increased parking enforcement.