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News - August 16, 2013

Ninety trees to be cut down near Palo Alto golf course

City plans to remove trees, import soil in preparation for flood-control project

The renovation of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course isn't set to begin until next year, but local golfers should already start to see plenty of hard hats and soil piles on the Baylands course.

The golf course is being redesigned to accommodate a regional flood-control project spearheaded by the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, a project that includes reconstruction of levees and that aims to protect the vulnerable area between San Francisco Bay and U.S. Highway 101. One new levee would infringe on the golf course.

To pave the way for the creek project, the city planned to start chopping down trees this week to make room for stockpiles of soil. Altogether, 90 trees are to be removed from the course, according to the city. The imported soil would be used both for the levees and for the forthcoming renovation of the course, a project that will reconfigure every hole, reduce the turf area and emphasize the course's Baylands setting.

While the golf project has yet to get the city's final approval, the flood-control project has already cleared all the hurdles, and some limited work is set to begin this fall on work relating to power lines and sewer lines. The course will remain open to the public until next spring, though the impacts of the tree removals and soil importation will reduce its par score from 72 to 67.

Soil importation will start Monday, Aug. 19, and will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The hauling will be routed down Embarcadero Road toward Geng Road. Importation will continue until the arrival of winter rains and resume again in the spring, according to the city's announcement.

— Gennady Sheyner


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