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Parks and Recreation Commission

Parks and Recreation Commission

Parks and Recreation Master Plan - We need your help in charting the future of our parks, facilities and recreation programs.


The purpose of this Commission is to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to the activities of the Open Space and Parks Division and the Recreation and Golf Division (the two Divisions) of the Community Services Department, excluding daily administrative operations. The Commission's responsibilities include:

  • Advising on planning and policy matters relating to the goals of and the services provided by the two Divisions;
  • Advising on planning and policy matters relating to the construction and renovation of capital facilities;
  • Reviewing state legislative proposals that may affect the operation of the two Divisions; and
  • Receiving community input concerning parks, open space and recreation activities.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is composed of seven members who are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the City, and who are residents of the City of Palo Alto. Terms of Commissioners will be for three years. See Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Sections 2.16 and 2.25. In order to be notified of vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the City Clerk's Office at 650-329-2571.

Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month and are taped for cablecasting on Government Channel 16. Please check the Schedule of City Meetings for exact dates, times and location.

Parks and Recreation Commission
3201 East Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Staff Liaison:
Kristen O'Kane
Phone: 650-463-4908
Fax: 650-321-5612

For current information on the Parks and Recreation Commission:
View Minutes/Agendas 
Fall Commision Recruitment


Recreation in Palo Alto
Park Reservations
Field and Tennis Reservations
Field Closures
Trail Closures

Upcoming Community Meetings
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Community Partners

Save the Bay
Friends of the Parks