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Spectrum - December 9, 2011

Editorial: Handicapping the golf course

Flood-control project creates opportunity to examine options for uninspired Palo Alto Muni

Perhaps there is a silver lining in a flood-control proposal that would place a new levee on part of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course and force some redesign.

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Posted by Karen White, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

This certainly caught my eye:

The use of any public land for recreational activities is a "subsidy" when compared to more intensive commercial uses; the question is whether that subsidy is aligned with community needs and participation rates.

So now we're considering the preservation of open space or parkland -- described in our comp plan -- as a "subsidy" -- because the land would be worth more in $$ if covered with concrete and structures? Please, spare me.

Posted by registered user, Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I concur with Ms. White. The golf course is dedicated parkland, and thus any other use would have to also be parkland. No "intensive commercial use" at all. If you must do cost analysis, compare the course with other recreational facilities through the city. Like those useless [to me] tennis courts, those useless baseball diamonds and football fields better used for crops.

Posted by more free space, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Looks like a great site for building a composting facility.