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Create a More Vibrant 25th Avenue

Share your ideas! Participate in 25th Avenue’s Pop-up Forum and Open House.

Stop by 25th Avenue throughout the day on Tuesday, March 1st to share your ideas for creating a more vibrant commercial area. The San Mateo community is invited to participate in two events that will generate ideas about ways to enhance this neighborhood commercial area.

The first is a pop-up activity taking place in front of Reach and Teach from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. An Open House will follow that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Room located in the administrative offices of the First Presbyterian Church. Those participating will have the opportunity to learn more about the 25th Avenue Improvement Initiative, provide their ideas to improve the aesthetic and economic vibrancy of the area, and gain a better understanding of the PG&E Undergrounding Project as well as a potential streetscape improvement project.

“These two events are a way for the community to connect in a casual, low-key environment. It’s an opportunity where neighbors and businesses can easily interact with one another while sharing ideas about ways to improve and bring more activity to the commercial area,” says Matt Bronson, San Mateo Assistant City Manager. “We are looking forward to hearing from the broader 25th Avenue community.”

The 25th Avenue Improvement Initiative formed last August in response to the PG&E utility undergrounding project and interest from local business groups as well as 25th Avenue businesses and residents to identify a process for improving the commercial neighborhood, engaging the broader 25th Avenue community, and creating consistent communication channels during construction. For more information, please visit

Volunteers at the 25th Avenue cleanup event
25th Avenue, Community, Community Events

25th Avenue Holiday Spruce Up

Visa Community Service Event

Dec 3rd, 2015

26 Visa Volunteers = 78 hours

26 Bags/Compost & Garbage RemovedVolunteers cleaning at San Mateo 25th Avenue cleanup event

As part of the 25th Avenue Improvement Initiative 2015 and with the forecasted heavy El Niño rains coming soon, the 25th Avenue Holiday Spruce Up event again played a significant effort in making sure that fallen leaves and trash will not block the sewers on and around 25th avenue.

Sweeping up leaves and trash, cleaning sidewalk garbage cans, weeding and replanting, painting silverVolunteers gardening at the San Mateo 25th Avenue cleanup event sign polls, removing graffiti and helping merchants decorate for the Holidays. Visa volunteers enjoyed their team building service day merchants were most appreciative of the spruce up efforts and our City Support Staff coordinated on another very productive community service event. Great teamwork by all involved! Check out the photo video of this event here.


Black Friday line, shoppers, and employees
25th Avenue, Downtown, Parks and Recreation

Black Friday Options

To Shop or Not

After Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping frenzy begins! We all know this day too well and it is Black Friday. Some get a rush out of scoring deals on holiday gifts while others prefer to find their own little treat, and some would rather avoid the crowds and spend the day relaxing with family and friends. Whichever you prefer, San Mateo has some great options for you.

Get your Shop On

Hillsdale Shopping Center is a central San Mateo shopping venue with many options in one convenient location. The shopping center is home to four mega stores, including Nordstrom, Sears, Macy’s, and Forever 21, and 120 specialty shops and restaurants where you will be sure to find the perfect gift.Woman holding a sale sign

If the mall isn’t for you 25th Avenue is a wonderful alternative. Take a stroll and wander through the charming shops to find the ideal gift for that special someone this holiday season. When you’re done shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants offering tasty creations.

The hustle and bustle of downtown provides a charming atmosphere that will put you in the holiday spirit. Its specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment options provide a quintessential experience to find unique gifts, sample local cuisine and have some fun along the way.

Rest and Relaxation

San Mateo Central ParkIf shopping on Black Friday is not for you, take it easy and visit one of San Mateo’s fabulous parks. San Mateo is home to 35 parks and recreation centers each offering  special features such as the Japanese Tea Garden, dog parks, walking trails, playgrounds for children, and much more! The parks are a great way to spend time outside – playing, relaxing and exercising after yesterday’s feast.

Don’t forget, San Mateo also has an ice rink in Central Park this winter season! San Mateo on Ice is open daily with 9,000 square feet of real ice for recreational skating. Enjoy the day with your family and check out this cool winter attraction.

Whether you decide to go shopping or spend the day outdoors, San Mateo is certainly the place to do it. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list at local shopping districts and will take in plenty of fresh air while playing in neighborhood parks. Whichever you choose it is bound to be a great day in San Mateo.

25th Avenue, Community, Downtown

San Francisco Magazine Recognizes San Mateo

Receives 2015 Smart City Award

San Francisco Magazine Smart City Award

San Francisco Magazine recognizes San Mateo with 2015 Smart City Award

San Francisco Magazine launched its Inaugural Smart City Award to recognize the creative and innovative ways cities throughout the Bay Area are approaching solutions to urbanism, social justice, sustainability, health and safety as well as many other civic issues. San Mateo made the list and was recognized for the Bay Meadows development and the approach developer, Wilson Meany and financial partner Stockbridge Capital, took to  creating San Mateo’s newest community.

In addition to housing and spaces for office and retail development, the Bay Meadows neighborhood has created a sense of place by incorporating parks, “social streets,” and opportunities for community interaction.

Chris Meany, of developer Wilson Meany was quoted in the June edition of San Francisco Magazine where the award was featured. “We wanted to create a place where people would engage with each other as opposed to having an isolated suburban environment where you have to drive 5-miles to the store and 20-miles to the office.”

San Francisco Magazine 2015 Best of List

Additionally, several San Mateo businesses and points of interest also made San Francisco Magazine’s Best of San Francisco List and were featured in the July issue.

The next time you’re out and about, visit these local spots and enjoy what’s best of San Mateo.

Cooking ClassKitchentown and Baking Arts
Public Gardens: Japanese Tea Garden, Central Park
Ramen: Ramen DoJo
Record Store: Vinyl Solution
Dog Walker: Paws Dog Camp

Congratulations to Bay Meadows as well as the local businesses and services that made the Best of List.