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What is the definition of a park?

Original post made by Resident on Apr 25, 2013

Is a park a large green area where we can walk, hike, play sports, picnic, children play? Or is it a tiny green area with no more space than a bench, a picnic table and barbeque grill?

Too many developments say they have a park, or even two parks, but really they are just a seating/eating area with a bit of lawn.

Can we call them both the same thing?


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

It may not come under the heading of what is a park, but we really need to increase our field space for sports. You may ask why, well look for the green PAASL square advertising heavily on the Palo Alto Weekly. They need more Palo Alto residents to enable them to play on our fields and they explain it if you click on the register button. Here is a link Web Link and you will see why they need more field space.

This is why we need to understand that a small green area with seating, play structures and a picnic table and grill, cannot be called parks. We need to increase our field space to enable our little kids to be able to play sports in our parks.

Posted by Take my money and run, a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Since many of the soccer playing on the PAASL come from outside Palo Alto, it's not Palo Alto that needs to provide more soccer fields, it's neighboring communities.

Why should the residents of Palo Alto always have to come up with the money to support the wants and needs of residents from neighboring communities? Come on get those other cities to provide the playing fields.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

I agree that the PAASL take up field space in our local parks, and they are a great adult organized league which is just as necessary as kids' leagues. I think adult leagues should be in the Baylands sports area which would free up space in our local parks for younger kids.

All developments are building "parks" but none of them appear to be the type of park which help organized sport have more field space. With more residents, it is obvious that AYSO, Little League, etc. are going to have more teams. More teams mean more field space to get all the games and all the practices in. How can we give every 7 year old in Palo Alto a chance to do a field sport if we don't have enough field space?

Posted by palo alto parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

Heritage Park (where the old Palo Alto Medical used to be) is big enough to be used as a playing field, at least for younger kids. But it was deliberately planted with a few trees in the middle to make that impossible. Unfortunate.

A bit of grass and a picnic table does not make a park. Neither does outdoor space with tables and chairs that get used by a restaurant (St. Michael's Alley and Caffe Riace). A park should have room to roam and play.