Menlo Park

Once known as the “Sleepy Hollow of California,” Menlo Park did not take off as a community until after World War II. Despite its proximity to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, dot-com start-ups and research institutions, “Menlo Park still at least seems like a small town,” notes Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett in their published Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate.

Landowners first incorporated back in 1874, but chose to “disincorporate” a mere two years later. It wasn’t until 1927 that today’s city was established.

Menlo Park now offers a suburban enclave with many urban amenities: from a bustling downtown and strong public school district, to plenty of parks and recreation facilities.


Community Links

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Non-emergency: 650-858-3300
  • Fire Non-emergency: 650-688-8400
  • Building Permits: 650-858-3390
  • Caltrain: 800-660-4287
  • City Office: 650-858-3380
  • Library: 650-858-3463
  • Post Office: 800-275-8777
  • Voter Registration: 800-345-8683