Meta Park, a new 2.2-acre public park, sits between Buildings 21 and 22 at the Meta headquarters (formerly Facebook) in Menlo Park. A bike route through the park and onto a bike bridge will connect city residents more easily to trails along the Bay. Courtesy Meta.

A new public park and a bridge for people to walk or ride bicycles across Bayfront Expressway near Meta’s expanded headquarters in Menlo Park officially opened on Saturday.

The event was considered a “soft launch” and Meta plans to host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for the park later this year, pending a decrease in the prevalence of COVID-19, according to Ashley Quintana, public policy manager of community engagement at Meta (formerly Facebook).

The project was “many years in the making,” said Menlo Park’s interim City Manager Justin Murphy. “We want to be able to start the process of celebrating the opening of the pedestrian bridge and Meta Park.”

An aerial view of the new 2.2-acre Meta Park at the Menlo Park headquarters of Meta (formerly Facebook), offering bike and pedestrian paths, native landscaping and a large grassy field. Courtesy Meta.

The 2.2-acre Meta Park is located between Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway and between Meta’s Buildings 21 and 22, and offers a large plaza with bench seating, a sloped lawn and a walking path that loops around the park.

“We’re proud to open Meta Park as a publicly accessible open space to be enjoyed by all and serve as a gateway to the (bridge) and SF Bay Trail and beyond,” Quintana said.

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