Saw this on the "Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve" Facebook page:
The boardwalk between the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Center and the bay is closed for safety reasons
The Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center Boardwalk has been closed due to unsafe conditions in the structure.
The boardwalk was installed at the same time as the Interpretive Center (they were dedicated in 1969). The pilings and supports under the boardwalk have gradually decayed and broken due to the elements and impacts from the tidal saltwater.
Over the years staff has made many repairs to the boardwalk, however, now the majority of the support pilings and structure of the boardwalk are broken. Most likely the entire boardwalk will have to be replaced. Given the environmentally sensitive location and future changes in sea level rise, the City will study how best to address the problem.
The City is in the process of requesting capital improvement project funding a study to determine the best course of action for repairing and/or replacing the boardwalk. This will likely begin late this year or early next year.
For more information about this project call John Aiken, Manager of the Junior Museum and Zoo, at (650) 329-2111.