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Between 1943 and 1946 another military installation, Dibble General Hospital, was built on the old Timothy Hopkins estate to care for the thousands of soldiers injured in the South Pacific in World War II. After the war a post war boom occurred in Menlo Park. Under the leadership of farsighted Charles P. Burgess the City acquired 29 acres of Dibble General Hospital grounds at a price of $4,000 an acre. On this land a handsome civic center has been erected. Later, Santa Cruz Avenue was widened and improved and gradually became Menlo's first street. Pioneering steps were taken in zoning control, off-street parking in the businesses district, establishment of the Administrative-Professional zoning, which attracted such concerns as Stanford Research Institute, Sunset Magazine and the U.S. Geological Survey, and, in 1952, led to the City's first Master Plan. Menlo Park has continued to grow in many ways to fit the needs of a progressive community, yet it looks back with pride at its past...its beginnings...and hopes to pass on to new generations the goals and ambitions of its pioneer families.