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The City of San Carlos recognizes the importance that parks play in people's lives.  Parks provide:

  • Access to the serenity and inspiration of nature
  • Outdoor space for play and exercise
  • A place for self-directed and organized recreation
  • Positive alternatives
  • Activities that facilitate social connections and human development

Parks enrich our lives, they add value to our homes and neighborhoods and help connect the entire community.  The following are investments the City of San Carlos is making to reach this end:

Environmental Impact Report for Additional Lights at
Burton & Highlands Parks

The City of San Carlos is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed project for additional ballfield lights at Burton Park (Flanagan Field) and Highlands Park (Stadium Field).  An Initial Study checklist is also being prepared and will be released with the Draft EIR. The EIR will address the potential physical and environmental effects of the project for each of the environmental topics outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the provisions of the 2010 Save San Carlos Parks Settlement Agreement related to Highlands Park. 

The City is requesting written comments from responsible agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the environmental document for the Burton and Highlands Parks project. 

A public meeting was held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. and the Library Community Rooms, 2nd Floor, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos.  Comments were solicited focusing on discussing possible impacts on the physical environment, ways in which potential adverse effects might be minimized, and alternatives to the project in light of the EIR's purpose to provide useful and accurate information.

Questions or comments may be submitted to Kaveh Forouhi at or 600 Elm Street, San Carlos.


North Crestview Master Plan
Passive Use Concept

North Crestview Park sits at the top of Crestview Drive, adjacent to Vista Park.  North Crestview is approximately 4.3 acres of open land.  The City Council approved funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the master plan design of North Crestview Park.  In January 2016, the City began the process to develop the master plan.  The City entered into a contract agreement with Callander Associates to facilitate the design of project.  Callander and staff sought out the input of the community at various meetings including City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission and project community meetings.  The final discussions of the master plan occurred at the February 13, 2017 City Council Meeting.  Council voted in favor of a passive use concept for North Crestview Park. 

Next steps in the project including hiring a Landscape Architect contractor to design the park space.  Looks for upcoming community meetings in Fall 2017/Winter 2018. 


Highlands Park Play Area Renovation
The Highlands Park Playground equipment was installed as part of Phase II of the construction of Highlands Park in 1998.  The 2008 Parks, Open Space, Buildings and other Recreational Facilities Report identified Highlands Park play equipment as out of compliance with industry safety standards and recommended replacement.  More recently, play equipment has been removed from the play area by Parks Maintenance staff due to safety concerns.  On June 6, 2016, the City entered into a Professional Services Agreement with landscape architectural firm SSA to begin designing the new play area.  City staff and SSA held a community meeting on July 14, 2016 for input on the design and play features.  Comments from residents included:  maximizing the play area and quantity of play features; adding climbing/sliding features for ages 5-12 years; installing swings and active play features for ages 2-5 years; and preserving seating and natural shade.

Conceptual designs were presented to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission on October 5, 2016.  Design elements presented to the Commission included:  a new pathway as the entrance into the play area; gated tot entrance; concrete seat wall; poured in place rubber safety surfacing; upgraded Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) path to the upper play area; sun deck; new restroom building; and enhanced play features, including an Oodle swing, tree house with bridge connection and independent climbing pieces.  Commissioners were in support of the proposed design plans.

Funding was approved in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 in the Capital Improvement Program budget in the amount of $750,000 for the Highlands Park Playground Project No. C9363 and $500,000 for the Park Restroom Replacement Project No. C1718.  As part of the playground renovation at Highlands Park, the restroom building was replaced on August 30, 2017.  $450,000 of the Park Restroom Replacement Project budget was allocated to replace the Highlands Park restroom. 

Construction bids were posted in January 2017, and in April 2017, the project was awarded to McGuire & Hester of Oakland, CA.  Construction fencing will go up by June 1, 2017.  The project will be completed by late Fall 2017.


  Utility Box Mural Project

The City of San Carlos and its Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission thank all the artists who participated in the City's first Utility Box Mural Project.

This project included 18 utility boxes located throughout San Carlos, and one in partnership with Redwood City near the Hiller Aviation Museum.  The goals of the program are to enhance the beauty and vibrancy of San Carlos, deter unsightly graffiti on utility boxes, and bring art to unexpected places.

View photos of the completed utility boxes around San Carlos!

View a map of the Utility Box Mural Locations

View a video by Carlmont High School on this project.

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