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Sea Scout building in Baylands launches new life

Original post made on Jul 20, 2012

At the ship-shaped EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands, portholes serve as windows on the marshland home of the California clapper rail and the sand piper. Above the windows, the poet e.e. Cummings' words dance: "The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful."

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

This is good news. The building looks great and I am pleased to see that it is being used. I wish the Interpretive Center could be taken over by some non profit group and updated. It always looked so sad and out of date. What is going to happen to it?

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Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

This is so great! I spent a lot of time as a toddler hanging out at the duck pond and running across the old Sea Scout building. It was a historic, unique building it was always such a shame you couldn't go inside. I can't wait to visit it again!

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Posted by litebug
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

How very disappointing not to have at least one photo of the exterior of the building. It was still a mess when we moved and I was eager to see what it looks like now. I always found it interesting. Instead, all we got was one very limited interior picture that could have been taken anywhere. DUH

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Posted by Gary Ruppel
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

This is quite an achievement. My late father(Ray Ruppel)was a Sea Scout leader in the 1950's. He would be so proud to see the old building renovated!

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I was in Sea Scouts in the early '60s. We'd spend entire weekends at the base working on our ship and other projects. It was a great time.

Although I'm sorry to see the building is not being used for its original purpose it is good to see it serving a useful purpose. Something good did come out of the city being forced into preserving a useful building they wanted to tear down.

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Posted by LaurieN
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Agree about the lack of a good photo of the very attractive exterior. There must be dozens around.

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Posted by Michel
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

You can see photos on the EV website:

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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Ray Ruppel was the principal at Jordan Jr. High when I was a kid in the early sixties.
He was a great guy. Always so nice to the students.

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Posted by Naphtali
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

You can see five photos taken June 29, 2012, at Web Link

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Posted by Jack Kidder
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

In 1999 Ken Murray, Sr. and his four sons organized a three- day, 70th year reunion of south bay Sea Scout ships commencing with a Friday night gathering at scout headquarters at the Lucy Stern Community Center. On Saturday morning we gathered at the Sea Scout base in the baylands and rededicated the building. Old time sea scouts from the 1930's forward attended, including a dozen from the Chester T. Wrucke (Ship 40)-- the ship headed by Dr. George Downing in the 1950's. The sea scout program was an invaluable and incredibly enjoyable experience -- the base will always hold a favorite spot in my memory. I am pleased it has been saved.

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Posted by Go Outdoors
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

All these people clamoring for a picture...I can give you directions so you can see it for yourself in person. Its not far from here ;)

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