Menlo Park closes Bedwell Bayfront Park because of crowds

Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park has been closed to the public because crowds continued to gather there despite social distancing orders, the city said.

The shutdown took effect Friday evening and will continue until further notice.

The 160-acre park, off Bayfront Expressway near the Facebook campus, has an extensive network of trails and a large grassy area used for sports.

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City officials said the gate to the Bedwell parking lot at the end of Marsh Road would be locked and no vehicles would be allowed to enter. All trails are closed.

Since the stay-at-home order for coronavirus, the park had been getting crowds estimated at twice its daily average.

“While many people are following the health officer’s order, many more continue to ignore directives and put others at risk,” the city said in an entry on its coronavirus update page.

Complaints from neighbors had increased, the entry said, as “many community members have expressed their concerns about what they have experienced in our parks and public spaces.

All parks run by San Mateo County have been closed, as has Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley. The county has told its residents not to drive more than five miles to get outdoor exercise.

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