The Town of Atherton faced two major issues with regards to the Holbrook-Palmer Park that would permanently impact the park and it's surroundings -- the proposed 10,000 square foot, two-story library to be built in the site of the existing Main House; and improvement of the existing Little League Ballpark by adding a 200 seat (bleachers) structure, electronic scoreboard and restrooms.
These issues were put to ballot in the upcoming elections on 6 November 2012 for the Atherton residents to vote under the following measures:
Measure F: "Should the Town of Atherton construct a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park using funds dedicated for library purposes only, by replacing the Main House and some surrouding patios and walkways?"
Measure M: "Should the Town permit the Menlo-Atherton Little League to improve the baseball field and surrounding areas at Holbrook-Palmer Park, including covered seating for spectators, an improved playing area for children, and new restrooms for all park users, using private funds only?"
Measure F lost by a vote of 68.9% to 31.1%.
Measure M passed by a vote of 75.1%.
Planned Park Projects
Today, the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, through the Atherton Dames, successfully completed the fund-raising for the construction of an Event Garden to be located in the area between the Main House and the Jennings Pavilion. The Foundation has retained the services of landscape architects Freeman & Jewell to develop the plans. Landscaping of this garden will hopefully commence by fall/winter of 2014. It will serve as a spectacular backdrop for both the Main House and Jennings Pavilion, especially during events and activities.
The Atherton Dames are currently raising funds for the renovation and restoration of the historic Gen Merrill Carriage House. This is a well determined plan put forth by the group to preserve the structure and to convert it into usable space for visitors and residents. The Atherton Dames solicited the services of renowned architect Adolf Rosekrans, to develop the overall plans for the historic building's restoration. They plan to renovate the 126 year old structure in phases, the first being construction of toilet facilities in the rear of the building. Two of the horse stalls will be converted into comfort rooms. Electrical and plumbing facilities will also be upgraded. To get more information about the Carriage House renovation, and if you wish to join the fund-raising team or make a donation, please visit <http://www.athertondames.org/carriage-house-in-holbrook-palmer-park-atherton/>