San Mateo County supervisors met Tuesday
to approve the County taking over the operations and maintenance
of Moss Beach Park, which was sold at auction earlier this year after
the Coastside Preservation and Recreation Inc. failed to pay close to $8,000 in
The nonprofit owned Moss Beach Park since 1975 and constructed a playground built by volunteers in 2004.
Paul and Julie Shenkman, owners of Sam’s Chowder House, covered the outstanding tax debt in September. With the taxes paid, San Mateo County was able to add Moss Beach Park to its system and will now be responsible for any future capital improvements. Money to support the park will come from the County Parks Department budget.
Friends of Moss Beach Park announced the news to the community Wednesday on their Facebook page:
"Thanks to you, the community, the San Mateo County Supervisors, and Sam's Chowder House, Moss Beach Park has been saved forever. It is now part of the County Parks System, so taxes and insurance will never be a problem. There will still be lots of work for the community in terms of park clean up, maintenance and fundraising, which it seems like we handle pretty well.
"We should all enjoy the moment, and take a minute to think about how we can thank the Board of Supervisors, and Sams."
According to a report in the San Mateo Daily Journal, once the county acquires the park, it will install a prefabricated restroom purchased in 2012 using money from the Midcoast Park and Recreation Fee Fund but never positioned.