Questions and Answers
What is the vision for this park?
This new nine-acre park will provide nature trails for walking and bicycling, tidal wetlands for wildlife habitat and nature study, lawns for picnicking, and a Bay access point for kayaking and other water sports. The park will serve as an essential natural refuge in an increasingly developed region.
Who owns the land?
How did this park proposal come about?
Who are the key stakeholders in the project?
The park is being developed by a public-private partnership between the San Mateo Resource Conservation District (RCD) and The SPHERE Institute. The San Mateo RCD, a public, community-based entity that serves as a land steward for the people of San Mateo County, is helping to secure funding and oversee construction of the park. The SPHERE Institute is a not-for-profit public policy research firm situated on land adjacent to the land parcel where the park will be built. SPHERE is managing the development of Shoreline Park in Burlingame, including design, approvals and future construction, and has committed major financial resources to the effort to make the vision a reality. Together, these two organizations are working with the State Lands Commission and the City of Burlingame to build and maintain this nature park for the long term as a shared benefit to the public.
How will a nature park in this location benefit people?
In what way does this new park impact environmental justice?
How will this park serve as a demonstration project to mitigate climate change-related flooding?
Sea level rise is a statewide problem and requires statewide solutions. The fact is, sea level in the Bay and along the California coast is rising and will continue to rise: Water levels could rise an additional 16 inches in the Bay by 2050, and the State of California is planning for a rise of 55 inches by 2100. (Source: Bay Institute: bayecotarium.org/about/the-bay-institute/bay-restoration/horizontal-levee)
Investing now in a tidal wetland on this parcel of land provides a green infrastructure solution that will protect this land from flooding, by absorbing high waters and reducing wave heights during storms. This “green levee” will serve as a demonstration project for other lands around the state as we develop solutions to address climate change-caused sea level rise.