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News - November 25, 2011

Around Town

TAKE A HIKE ... Nature lovers received an early holiday gift last week when Palo Alto opened to the public a 7-acre portion of the Baylands. The site, once part the city's landfill, is now part of Byxbee Park's gradually expanding hiking area. The city had planned to open this piece to the public in December, City Manager James Keene said. But in recent months it has received enough clean soil to enable an earlier-than-expected opening. Though the area still looks rather barren, it has been fertilized and seeded in recent weeks to enable the sprouting of vegetation. "While it may be muddy now, the winter rains will turn the seeds into pleasing, green native grasses," Keene said. The new addition means that people can now hike on a total of 72 acres of the closed landfill out of the total 126 acres.

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