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Recreating Palo Alto's parks

Original post made on Mar 31, 2017

Palo Alto's population is once again growing at higher-than-expected rates, prompting competing demands for recreation space. City officials are once again scouring for possible sites they can buy and convert into parks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:57 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:22 am

Does anyone have any suggestions where these "new" park sites may appear within 1/4 mile of these homes that do not have one? And does anyone have any suggestions where the money may appear to purchase these sites to make new parks?

I read the article expecting to read about some news, instead it was just a magazine type article with nothing that could be called "news".

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:13 am

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Posted by parent
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:50 am

There are many creeks in Palo Alto. Can the city build "linear parks" along the sides of the creeks, like the Stevens Creek Trail and Permanente Creek Trail in Mountain View? These are great trails (in Mountain View) for car-free jogging and bicycling and lots of people use them to commute to work. Most of the creeks in Palo Alto run east-west and east-west bicycle routes in the city are currently terrible, so building trails along the creeks is a huge win-win.

Posted by park neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Just wish there were a way to enforce a "shared-space ethic" when some park users at Greer (frankly, usually non-Palo Altans) claim prime public area early Saturday AM, and set up large event tents complete with amplified music in violation of city policy.

PAPD tends to turn a blind ear.
Residents nearby left to suffer thumping bass all weekend.
Maintenance crews left to clean up the mess on Mondays.

Some signage at least? Just a thought.

Posted by sneetch
a resident of Ohlone School
on Mar 31, 2017 at 8:06 pm

park neighbor - how do you know these people are non palo altans?
do they have a star in their belly?

Posted by bathrooms
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2017 at 12:08 am

Palo Alto may want to re-think adding any more bathrooms to the city's parks. In SF, it's well known that bathrooms=magnet for homeless persons. Consequently, in several cases, neighbors have successfully fought to keep bathrooms from being built in their local parks.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

More resources and attention to the Palo Alto Baylands Park. I like going there and would appreciate increased police/ranger patrols for when I visit there by myself, plus the boardwalk getting re-opened, plus encouraging dog owners to pick up after their pets. If you haven't been out there since the hill on top of the old dump was expanded and opened, go and check out the fantastic views!! A great park in our city.

Posted by Local
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2017 at 7:46 am

Having had the same sort of issue, I'll answer that. Our area is very neighborly, so I've just asked, and been told by the people themselves that they weren't from Palo Alto. Given the large number of people who use the City during the day for their jobs, it's not surprising they would feel ownership sense of the nearby parks. I don't mean Palo Altans having events with others, I mean groups where no one was local.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Los Altos
on Apr 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

What is going on with the Lucy Evan's Nature Center? Is there still a grand reopening party scheduled for this month?

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm

@Neighbor, Earth Day is Saturday April 22. Palo Alto is hosting an all-day Baylands shindig.
Web Link

An item at 10 AM says "Baylands Nature Center Opening Day Ribbon-Cutting".

Don't expect any progress on the boardwalk.

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