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Cover Story - November 1, 2013

Byxbee Park plans still uncertain, but restoration goes on

Last 51 acres of former landfill are being covered, but fate of 10 acres still to be decided

by Sue Dremann

The 126-acre Byxbee Park, located at the center of the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve, is perhaps the most emblematic of the question of how the Baylands should be managed.

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Posted by guy from wherever, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

I look forward to seeing some growth on the land. It looks like Mars and it just feels "dirty".

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Do any of the people that have anything to do with the planning of this ever go out there?

First - think - and then build some infrastructure.

The parking is inadequate. The facilities disgusting, and the trails unmonitored, and uncared for.

What would be nice is fixing those things, and then thinking about the human factors. The trail to Mountain View is a great hike or run ... but there are no facilities anywhere along the way. Myself and other people get caught out there answering the call of nature at the worst times.

There is really nothing there ... just flat boring fake hills, but it could be nice, but the only thing that has any features is the levee trails. They could be fixed up for hiking and running with some gravel or oyster shell like they did about a decade ago. For a while the start of the trail only was perfect for running.

The other thing is and you see it every day, dog poop strewn across the trail, or in the little bags provided left by the side of the road for someone else to pick up, if you cannot monitor people and their dogs, then disallow dogs out there completely. Let people walk their dogs where they can be monitored and responsible, because we see proof everyday that the average dog owner out there now is not.

Plant some trees but the benches and put some trash cans out there.

It might be a nice idea to have a Baylands users quarterly, bi-annually or annually where someone from the city walks around the Baylands and listens to ideas that people have about what people who actually go out there would like to see done.

One thing that would make a huge difference is something to improve or manage the stench from the sewage treatment plant. That plant is getting old and there has to be better technology to avoid that kind of stink. When I've gone hiking over near the Sunnyvale Baylands, they do not have the smell we do ... why is that? Does Sunnyvale know or have something that Palo Alto does not?

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

If you are really interested and have 3 hours to kill in Redwood City next Saturday (Nov-16), MidPen is having the last of their five "Vision Plan" workshops. -- Web Link

This meeting should cover the baylands -- earlier meetings focused on the hills exclusively.

RSVPs are encouraged but not absolutely necessary. This is your tax dollars at work. See PA Online article -- Web Link

Maybe 100 people show up, and it's the demographic you'd expect -- i.e. they look like hikers, except for a few who look like cyclists. A wish-list of feasible improvements has already been generated, and this is the public's opportunity to vote our preference on nature preserve expenditures, usage, and regulation. Not much time is available for discussion, but questions can be asked, and additional ideas can be submitted on index cards and rated by the audience.

This may have nothing to do with Palo Alto's infrastructure. I'm just a dilettante and don't know where Palo Alto money ends and the $30M/year MROSD money begins, but looks like their bayside bailiwick extends from Bair Island to Alviso.

As an outsider I found the format at these workshops a little off-putting initially, but one of life's lessons is not to criticize unless you have a better idea. It's clear that much work and thought and a fairly hefty professional budget has gone into this planning and public input process.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hi Musical ... is the fact that Redwood City is in San Mateo country irrelevant? Do they include the Palo Alto Baylands, or are you suggesting just as a parallel effort what they do might be useful to know about?

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

MROSD -- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District -- the agency with the purse strings.

From their FAQ -- "The District has permanently preserved nearly 62,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 26 open space preserves. The District covers an area of 550 square miles and includes 17 cities (Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside)."

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