Welcome to the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park website
No activities are planned during the summer, but please join Coastal Cleanup day on September 19.
Bird morning will resume approximately October 2015.
Our park pamphlet is now available in Spanish or English.
Click under the “Park Pamphlet” tab to see and download either version.
There is a large sign in the main parking lot, with a map of the park and its trails.
Walk out to the northeast corner (where the little binoculars symbol is on the park brochure) and you’ll find signs about the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge restoration, and a panorama of what you can see from that viewpoint (as of 2013 the signs are being replaced).
Do not leave any valuables in view in your car. There have been several recent break-ins at the park, sadly. If possible, put any valuables into your trunk or out of sight before you arrive at the park, so that a thief doesn't see you putting things away.
Leash your dog, please. Park rules require this.
Who to call to report a problem, or to pass on a compliment
- Maintenance (restrooms, trash, something broken): Menlo Park Dept. of Public Works - 650-330-6780
- Illegal or dangerous activities, car break-in: Menlo Park Police Dept. – 911 in an emergency; or if non-emergency call 650-330-6300 (e.g. if gate is locked and your car is still inside)
- Park use & reservations: Menlo Park Community Services - 650-330-2200
- Comments or problems seen in the surrounding salt ponds: Don Edwards S. F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge - 510-792-0222
- Injured animal or bird? Dog running loose with no owner? Lost dog? Call Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) - 650-340-8200 (8 am – 6 pm weekdays, 8 am – 5 pm weekends/holidays. Outside of those hours, call San Mateo County at 650-363-4953).
Always call 911 if there is an emergency or immediate risk of injury.
Formed in 2005 to counter the proposal to develop a golf course at Bayfront Park, Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park also fought the next plan to put playing fields at the park, culminating in the resounding defeat of Measure J in the November, 2006 election. Our goal now is to ensure that Bedwell Bayfront Park receives more permanent protection as open space for "passive" recreation.
We want to hear from users: tell us what you like, or don’t like? Have you observed anything that concerns you? We can’t fix all problems, but do try to work with city staff and departments to keep the park clean and safe. We would also like to make a few improvements to the park.
Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park is fiscally sponsored by the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation http://www.venturesfoundation.org/.
See the Support Us tab for information on donating to Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park.
The mission of the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park is to enhance the unique open space of Bedwell Bayfront Park and to promote it regionally now and for future generations.
The Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park operates out of Menlo Park, California. View our contact information or follow us on Facebook (Bedwell Bayfront Park).
About Bedwell Bayfront Park
Location and Hours of Operation
Park opens daily at 7:00 a.m.
Park closes at:
6:00 pm January & February
7:00 pm March
8:00 pm April
8:30 pm May
9:00 pm June & July
8:30 pm August
8:00 pm September
7:00 pm October
6:00 pm November
5:30 pm December
Paved parking lot
Trails: mostly unpaved. Perimeter is flat, but there are steep trails in the interior.
Link here to park brochure with map
The park is located on the edge of the San Francisco Bay at Highway 101 and Marsh Road. Here is a street map.
We want your input.
Please email us your feedback or comments on the park maintenance service, or on other issues, and give us your suggestions for enhancing the park for users.
Email to email@example.com.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day.