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Photo essay: The hidden hazards in Foothills Park

Original post made on Feb 23, 2018

As Palo Alto prepares to open a new section of Foothills Park to the public, officials are keeping a close eye on Buckeye Creek, which has been worn down by decades of erosion.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:59 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Supply & Demand
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 23, 2018 at 7:59 am

Let nature do it. No man made improvement anymore.

There are better places to spend City money!


Posted by What’s next
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 23, 2018 at 8:29 am

Gosh can we just let nature be for once?
If it scares you stay away!


Posted by Sunny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

Time to start charging an entrance fee again like they used to and use the revenue for improvements. Back in the 70s/80s my parents purchased a yearly pass to enter the park. I can't remember why the park entrance fee was discontinued.


Posted by NATURE & COMMON SENSE
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

I have to agree with letting nature take it’s course. But first, take out all the man-made barriers and bridges. Remove all tables etc that would get damaged by a flood and use in other parks. Close the areas of the park that are unsafe. Put up cameras to monitor the changes over a 1,3,5,10 year period and publish to PA residence and all Naturalists. Encourage PA residence to visit other parks to ensure Foothill will be undisturbed. We will probably see wildlife return and claim as a safe home! Mountain Lions could hunt without bothering the suburbs! $9 million to make more man-made improvements is a waste of money. Designate all extra money to PA District Schools. Pay the Teachers what they deserve.


Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm

>>> rebuilding all the damaged grade-control structures — the timber barriers and rocky gabions
Sounds like a good maintenance project for Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts and other volunteers. Why make it so complicated, and who is profiting off of this sort of work?


Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm

You cannot let nature take its course and have it work except in the largest
of ecosystems. There is no nature anymore as we once understood it.
Certainly not around herem and it is irresponsible to suggest that.

If Foothills Park burned to the ground, should be do nothing and just wait
how many decades to come back, if it ever did?

I think an entrance fee would not be a bad idea, or just a city park tax
that is for all our parks, or both. Post a budget and those responsible
for managing it too on a website somewhere. More transparency and
more eyes on any issue always helps.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

I visit Foothill Park regularly.

I wonder how much it cost to put the flag by the Interpretive Center? I have nothing against patriotism but was it a necessity?

There are many signs around the park about proposals to move the creek and other improvements. There are closed trails. The lake never seems to be low even during the drought.

I just wonder how much money could be saved and used for more essential needs in the park.


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